Also known as
Field Lupin, Italian Lupin, Lupiene (Afr.), Fiel's lupin, Wolf bean, Eygptian lupin, Lupin
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This plant has no fragrance
White Lupin Overview
The white lupin is a broad-leafed lupin. The plant is an annual cultivated for the beans produced and used as a green manure crop. The seeds (beans) have a high protein content, the highest of the pulse family with the lowest starch content. They are commonly served as a snack in Mediterranean countries.
Common problems with White Lupin
Slugs, mildew, leaf spot
White Lupin Companion Plants
Lupins will benefit all plants that like nutrients. Plant before or alongside heavy feeders like brassicas.
How to harvest White Lupin
Harvest seed pods when brown and dry, the pods are strong and might not burst open. The seeds can then be soaked and eaten.
How to propagate White Lupin
Soak seed for 24 hours before in situ planting in mid spring or autumn, germination within 14 days.
Forms by basal cuttings from non-flowering side-shoots in spring or early summer.
Special features of White Lupin
As legumes they provide nitrogen to the soil, thus planted after heavy feeding crops or first in rotation.
Other uses of White Lupin
Taken internally are said to be anthelmintic, diuretic and emmenagogue.
The dried seeds (beans) are soaked in salted water or sea water for 2 to 3 hours and eaten raw.