Lupin beans have long been a popular snack in Mediterranean countries and in South America, and they’re also used an an ingredient in many food products. Is Scotland ready to embrace the latest plant-based protein alternative that has potential to grow domestically?
Lupin or lupini beans are members of the legume family, closely related to chickpeas, lentils, peas, and soybeans. The beans have long been a popular snack in Mediterranean countries and in South America, where they’re often soaked in salt or roasted and snacked on like peanuts.
In recent years, they’ve become very popular in Australia and Europe due to their health and sustainability credentials. Lupin beans are also a highly-valuable source for animal feed, and are only just starting to make waves in the human food supply chain.