May 1, 2023

There’s a new legume in town: Lupini beans!

Have you had Lupini beans yet?

These yellow legumes, from the same family as chickpeas, peas, and lentils are a nutritional powerhouse with nearly double the amount of protein that’s in chickpeas. A higher protein content and an increased interest in plant-based proteins may be to thank for their rise in popularity.

Because of naturally occurring bitter alkaloids, the beans are often soaked in a brine first then pickled and eaten as a snack (like edamame) — although they’re also a welcome addition to salads, dips, or pasta dishes. They have a nutty flavor and hearty texture.

As with any ingredient on heavy rotation, it’s nice to have a new legume in town! Eat them simply as a snack or toss them into a salad. They’re really delicious on the Italian Chopped Salad or thrown into any salad you would normally toss beans or chickpeas in. Give them a try (if you haven’t already) and see what you think! Comment below when you do. It’s always nice to hear feedback!

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