Andean Lupin

A closeup shot of a field with wild lupines in New Zealand, Canterbury district

Lupinus mutabilis

Synonyms:
Tarwi
Lupinus_mutabilis (Wikipedia)

Lupinus mutabilis
Peruvian Field Lupines.jpg
Pisac, Peru
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L. mutabilis
Binomial name
Lupinus mutabilis
Synonyms

Lupinus cruckshankii Hook

Lupinus mutabilis is a species of lupin grown in the Andes, mainly for its edible bean. Vernacular names include tarwi (tarhui), chocho, altramuz, Andean lupin, South American lupin, Peruvian field lupin, and pearl lupin. Its nutrient-rich seeds are high in protein, as well as a good source for cooking oil. However, their bitter taste has made L. mutabilis relatively unknown outside the Andes, though modern technology makes it easier to remove the bitter alkaloids. Like other species of lupin beans, it is expanding in use as a plant-based protein source.

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