Gabriola lupin

Gabriola lupinsGood news: we’ve got lots of lupin on Gabriola. Better news: some of it’s blue. Best news: blue lupin has planted itself in our yard. Heh.

Lupin is good for the soil, Wikipedia’s lupin page says:

Like most members of their family, lupins can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into ammonia via a rhizobium-root nodule symbiosis, fertilizing the soil for other plants, this adaption allows lupins to be tolerant of infertile soils and capable of pioneering change in barren and poor quality soils. (…) Lupins make good companion plants for crops that need significant amounts of nitrogen in their soil and can be intercropped properly, like cucumbers, squash, broccoli, and spinach.

The cultivation and usage section of that page is mind boggling. People eat lupin seeds? Cookipedia says so, and I did come across a recipe for Gluten-Free Muffins with lupin, chocolate, toasted hazelnuts and bananas. I wonder if Gabriola lupin seeds can possibly be edible. (The phrase Poisonous lupin seeds is enough to freak me out.)

Hey, Mike at Out N About – do you eat seeds from local lupins? Are the seeds from Gabriola lupins edible?

(Standard warning: don’t eat stuff just because some website says it might be edible.)

3 responses

  1. “Hey, Mike at Out N About – do you eat seeds from local lupins? Are the seeds from Gabriola lupins edible?”

    Can’t resist: EVERYTHING is edible …… some things only once!!

    Being a male I’m finding it very difficult to admit I don’t know the answer Gabriolan.

    But from what I have read so far I wouldn’t chance them, and I’m the one that will try some really weird mushrooms at least once.

  2. I was looking into that very question a few weeks ago and came to the conclusion, like Mike, that I didn’t want to chance trying the seeds. The literature seems to be about equally split between those who consider lupin seeds toxic, and a historical (and some contemporary) use as food. I forget what the toxin is exactly but it’s anticholinergic which means that it messes up the transmission of nerve impulses. I have the impression (but I am not certain of my facts on this) that it’s a relatively low dose of toxin especially if properly deactivated by cooking and perhaps is okay for occasional consumption, but the whole thing made me nervous (no pun intended!) and I really didn’t want to take the risk. Maybe if I was starving!? But not today, thank you! Another thing I read somewhere that could be important for a large chunk of the population is that apparently people who are allergic to peanuts may have a bad reaction to eating lupin.

  3. Mike –

    >EVERYTHING is edible …… some things only once!!

    I loved this; thanks!

    Andrea – This is fascinating. Thanks so much for the details.

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