Good 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.)