Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine (North America), is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae.
The European white lupin (L. albus) beans are commonly sold in a salty solution in jars (like olives and pickles) and can be eaten with or without the skin. Lupini dishes are most commonly found in Europe, especially in Portugal, Spain, Greece, and Italy. They are also common in Brazil and Egypt. In Egypt, the lupin is known in Arabic as termes and is a popular street snack after being treated with several soakings of water, and then brined. In Portugal, Spain, and Spanish Harlem, they are popularly consumed with beverages. In Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Israel, salty and chilled lupini beans are called termos and are served as part of an apéritif or a snack.
Lupini beans are commonly sold in a brine in jars (like olives and pickles). They can be eaten by making a small tear in the skin with one’s teeth and “popping” the seed directly into one’s mouth, but can also be eaten with the skin on. The skin can also be removed by rubbing the bean between forefinger and thumb. In countries like Portugal, “tremoços”, are very popular in bars as a snack while drinking beer.
In Egypt, lupin is known by its Arabic name, “termes”, and it has been sold by street vendors, as a very popular snack.
Lupin beans can be ground into a flour, and this is widely used in parts of Europe and in Australia as an additive to wheat flour, enhancing the flavor and lending a rich, creamy color to the resulting foods.
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