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Berchules, Granada, Spain

28 April 2010

Lupinus angustifolius or Blue Lupine

One of the wild flowers that will catch your eye when you drive up our track at the moment, is the Lupinus angustofolius or Narrowleaf Lupine. If you were to go higher up our ´pista´, you would just see fields full of this gorgeous lupine. They have a magnificent violet blue colour and there are probably thousands in flower on our finca at this moment. This plant is a member of the pea family (fabacea) and are sometimes grown for its edible seeds that ripen from August to September. They are used as a protein-rich vegetable or savoury dish in any of the ways that cooked beans are used, they can also be roasted or ground into a powder. If the seed is bitter it should be thoroughly leached before being cooked. According to the Spanish text on this ´altramuz azul´ on Wikipedia, the seeds are preserved in ´salmuero´ and served as an appetizer. We are curious to find out where. This plant was first described by the Swedish botanist Carl Linanaeus (1707-1778).

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