Another family favorite we enjoyed growing up was the lupini. This bean is high in protein, comes dry and once soaked they become sweet and tender. This bean is a healthy nutritious snack which is native to Italy.
To remove the bitterness from the dry bean there is a preparation process which requires some patience. To do this, you need to soak the beans for several days. We used to boil the beans, then place them in a sack, secure sack to a tree and place them in the cold creek water for up to two weeks. Not practical when you live in the city! Here is our recipe:
1 package – Dry lupini beans
Salt to taste
Sprinkle of Oregano
Cover the dry beans with water and boil for about 1 to 1.5 hours. Make sure you keep beans covered by adding water as required. Remove the beans and soak them in cold water for up to seven days changing water daily. Taste them and when they are no longer bitter they are ready to eat.
Storage – Cover the lupini beans with cold water in a tupperware dish with lid. Place in fridge and should last about 1 week.
Preparation – In a small bowl add the lupini beans, some sea salt and a sprinkle of oregano. Mangiare! For a different variation try adding a little olive oil.
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