What is lupin?

Lupin (or lupine) is an ancient food-source, used throughout the world and is still a traditional food in Mediterranean cuisine. In Egypt, lupin is known by its Egyptian Arabic name ‘termes’.

The Australian lupin production evolved slowly but it grew rapidly in the 1980 and 1990s, and is now the world’s leading lupin producer. Western Australia is responsible for about 80% of world production, mainly growing the Australian domesticated variety of the narrow-leafed lupin, or what is known as the ‘Australian Sweet Lupin’.

Lupins are used for different foods from lupin flake (used in lupin soups and baked goods), vegan meat alternative products, lupin tofu, and lupin flour; lupin flour was oficially introduced as a food ingredient in Australia in 2001. With such a variety, lupins are becoming an appealing alternative to soy. Being naturally gluten-free, lupin flour is increasingly important ingredient in baked goods, snacks and pastas for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.

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Lupin Soup and Lupin based Choc Hazelnut Biscotti

Because lupin is a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, people who are allergic to peanuts may also react to lupin.

At Good Diet we promote lupin products as they are naturally high in protein, low carb and gluten free.