I enjoy photographing the LUPINE (or Lupinus) plant, especially its fascinating star-shaped leaves. It is genus of over 200 species of coloful flowering plants in the Legume Family. The plants have pods of edible seeds and grow tall, slender stalks of colorful flowers.
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The Andean Pearl Lupine (Lupinus Mutabilis) known as "choco" was cultivated for food for over 6,000 years.
The pre-Incan and ancient Egyptians included the legumes in their diet. The Romans cultivated "lupini" throughout their Empire.
The seeds of various species were used for food around the Mediterranean region for over 3,000 years.
Lupine seeds are now eaten throughout the world. They are usually prepared by soaking them in running water to remove most of their bitter taste, then they are brined, boiled, cooked or toasted torelease their flavor.