'Quintessential' lupin seeds are packed with protein... but watch out if you ...

Superfood fans go loopy over lupin seeds: Ancient legume which once fuelled Roman warriors are packed with protein... but watch out if you have a peanut allergy Lupins are the latest culinary trend as their seeds contain a lot of vital protein The ancient legume once fuelled Roman warriors and is still a bar snack in Benefits of eating lupin seeds include weight loss and improving heart health 

By Giulia Crouch For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:42 BST, 24 May 2020 | Updated: 00:42 BST, 24 May 2020

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They are a quintessential feature of any English country garden.

But as well as brightening up a herbaceous border with delicate spears of pink, purple and blue, lupins are fast becoming the latest culinary trend – because their seeds are packed with protein.

The tiny edible beans are an ancient legume which once fuelled Roman warriors and are still served as a salted snack in the bars of and Portugal. 

Lupin plants (pictured) are becoming the latest culinary trend as their seeds are filled with protein

Now, promoted by Ocado and health food shops, they are growing in popularity as a ‘superfood’ to be sprinkled into salads and stir fries, thanks to mounting

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