Lupine Seed (Lupinus perennis) 25 Seeds
Also known as Sundial Lupine. The unmistakable blue spires of Lupine are a welcome sight in late spring and early summer. Lupine thrives in dry sandy soils where so many other plants perish, but it will not do well in clay soils.
Lupine is the only host plant for the rare Karner Blue butterfly. Habitat loss has led to the decline in Lupine plants in the wild, and put the Karner Blue on the endangered species list.
Seeds can be treated much like beans. They are protein rich. They can also be roasted and ground into powder. Leeching seeds by soaking overnight in water and discarding the water removes much of the bitter taste which may be present.
Most lupine beans should be treated, in order to neutralize the alkaloid substances that make them bitter:
1. Cover 2 cups (500 ml) of lupine beans with 6 cups (1.5 l) of cold water, then leave them to soak 12 hr.
2. Drain the lupine beans, rinse and cover them again with fresh water.
3. Cook the lupine beans gently until tender (about 2 hr). Check for doneness by inserting the point of a knife.
4. Drain the lupine beans, cover them again with cold water and let them cool completely.
5. Drain again, cover them once again with cold water, mix in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of salt and place in a cool spot (not in the fridge). Leave to soak 6-7 days, changing the salted water twice a day.
6. Once the bitterness is gone, keep the lupine beans in the fridge in salted water in an airtight container.
7. To serve the lupine beans, drain the amount needed and serve as is or dressed with lemon juice, with or without their skin.
How to Grow:
Very easy to grow. Plant seed in flats or in place, covering with 1/2 inch of soil. Moist, rich soil is best but lupine grows well in poor sandy soil too. Do not let dry out. Plant outside when seedlings are 2" tall. They may be grown out to larger plants in pots.
If planting outside, trowel a shallow groove in the soil and cover the sees with good dirt. Keep watered. During dry spells, water 1-2 times per week.
In all cases, transplant seedlings, leaving approximately 18" between each one.
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