Dry lupine in pods in the field

Most of you have probably heard of lupins as a beautifully flowering garden plant. They are native to Central Europe and are also known as wolf beans or coward beans. We use sweet lupins which are grown on fields in Austria.

As a plant, lupins have the incredible ability to fertilize themselves. They can fix nitrogen from the air in the soil and therefore require very little fertilizer. As a legume, lupins are characterized by their high protein content, low fat and carbohydrate content and high fiber content. The protein has another special feature: it contains all eight essential amino acids. You can find more information about growing lupines here  here .