Lupin bean

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Lupin or Lupini Beans are yellow legume seeds of the lupinus genus plant, most commonly the Lupinus luteus or Yellow Lupin, and were once a common food of the Mediterranean basin and Latin America. Today they are primarily eaten as a pickled snack food.

Snack food

Lupini Beans are commonly sold in a brine in jars (like olives and pickles) and can be eaten by making a small tear in the skin with your teeth and "popping" the seed directly into one's mouth, but can also be eaten with the skin on. Accomplished lupini eaters learn to fissure the skin by rubbing the bean between forefinger and thumb.

History and distribution

These legumes were popular with the Romans and they spread their cultivation throughout the Roman Empire. Today, Lupini are most commonly found in Mediterranean countries and their former colonies, especially in Portugal, Italy, Brazil, as well as Egypt (where it is part of Sham El Nessim holiday meals), Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Turkey , Chicago's Little Italy and in New York City's Spanish Harlem, where it is popularly served with beer. In Portuguese the Lupini Beans are known as tremoços, as altramuz (a name derived from Arabic الترمس) in Spain and Argentina, and in Antalya Province, Turkey it is known as tirmis.

Native America

The Andean American variety of this bean, Lupinus mutabilis, was a food widespread during the Incan Empire. Lupins were also used by Native Americans in North America, e.g. the......
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