One of my favorite flowers has always been the Lupine. To my joy, the Kenai Peninsula is filled with them. Although we have several native Lupine plants on the Kenai Wildlife Cabins property, I am looking to expand and plant more. Therefore, on a recent hike, I gathered the dried seed pods and collected the seeds, to plant next Spring, in the hopes of expanding our flower beds.
In the attached pictures you can see what the seed pods look like – sort of like a pea or bean pod. However, I was surprised to find out that Lupines are actually in the legume family like soybeans or dry peas! In fact, people who are allergic to peanuts, are at risk of being allergic to lupine seeds as well.
Seeds of various species of lupines have actually been used as a food for over 3000 years around the Mediterranean (they were popular with the Romans, who cultivated the plants throughout the Roman Empire) and for as long as 6000 years in the Andean highlands of South America!
Let me say that I do not recommend anyone go out to their garden and start eating their Lupine seeds, but it is certainly an interesting fact worth a bit more research!
For now, I will plant my seeds next Spring and see if I can’t coax more of these impressive blooms to grow!