Our lupin flakes come from the beans of the Australian Sweet Lupin, part of the legume family along with the likes of green beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfafa and soy. Like all legumes they contain protein and fibre but Lupin stands out in delivering some of the highest sources of plant protein (40%) and dietary fibre (37%) in the world!
The wild European Lupin has actually been grown in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and pre-Incan people used it as food & animal feed and Roman farmers recognised it’s ability to fertilise the soil.
In the 1960’s scientists from Western Australia developed and cultivated a “sweet” lupin variety which overcame the disadvantages of the European lupin in terms of it’s bitter taste and prolonged preparation time. More recently an innovative production process of flaking the Lupin bean means it can be cooked in 3 minutes straight from the pack!
Australia grows the most Lupin in the world with 85% of total production. Lupins play an incredibly important role in the ecological balance of Australian agriculture and are a vital part of crop rotations. Lupins require little water, they aerate the soil and add back valuable nitrogen for better growth of other crops meaning they are good for the environment and are a key part in sustainable agriculture of Australia !