What are these little flakes of goodness? A lupin is a legume like chickpeas and kidney beans are. We grow them here in Western Australia and have done so since the 1960's as a natural fertiliser for soil health and recently we realised how good they are for our health.
As you can see in the pictures they are harvested giving a legume kernel. We can't cook and digest the kernel so they are made into a lupin flake. The flake can be added to nearly anything:
Recently at a conference I discovered a trade display with this great tasting hummus dip and was told it was made with lupins. I had heard of lupins but didn't really know what they were or why I would want to eat them. I did know I wanted to make the dip so I thought I should find out a little more!
Lupins are a legume as chickpeas are however they are:
Not so attractive looking are legumes, but nutritionally they are very attractive. If I was giving out superfood ratings, legumes would score! Here are a bunch of reasons to start, loving your legumes and the McKenzie's Mediterranean Salad recipe people have asked for!
They are cheap to buy, high in dietary fibre, protein and carbohydrate and provide iron, zinc, magnesium and loads of other vitamins and minerals. Legumes are an important food, for their nutrients, particularly protein for vegetarians and vegans.
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