What are Lupins?
The type of lupin commonly grown in Australia comes originally from the Mediterranean region and produces seed in a pod similar to peas. Like peas, the lupin seed is quite high in protein and is suitable to be used in a range of foods.
Why is Lupin Flour a yellowish colour?
The yellow colour comes primarily from carotene which is also present in other seeds and plants including corn. Carotene converts to vitamin A when consumed and is beneficial for vision and bone growth.
Can I replace Lupin Flour with plain flour?
Lupin Flour can replace plain flour either partially or fully depending on the food type in which it is being used. As it has differing nutritive benefits to plain flour mixing the two can improve the overall level of nutrition of the food. It does have very different mixing and cooking characteristics to plain flour so with complete substitution the end product will vary.
How do I store Lupin Flour?
Like most types of flour Lupin Flour is best stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Without refrigeration care should be taken to store the flour in a dry place, preferably below 25 degrees Celsius.
How can I add Lupin Flour to my meals? (ie. How do I use Lupin Flour?)
Lupin Flour can be used as an ingredient in a range of foods similar to how wheat flour is used, including most baked products and pastas. It can also be used as a ‘stir in' additive to soups, casseroles, pancakes, scrambled eggs and even sprinkled on breakfast cereals, muesli and porridge.
Why is Lupin Flour better?
Lupin Flour has many nutritional and health benefits that are not found in standard wheat flour. These include high levels of dietary fibre, low carbohydrate and sugar and it reduces appetite.
What makes Lupin Flour different to other flours?
Most types of flour are made from cereal grains that contain high levels of starch and are relatively low in protein. Lupin Flour on the other hand does not have any starch content and is therefore gluten free which can be very beneficial for people who have a gluten intolerance.
Why is Lupin Flour like peanuts and soybeans?
Lupin seed, which the Lupin Flour is made from, belongs to the legume family as do peanuts and soya beans. A small number of people have an allergy to legumes with the effect varying depending on the species involved.
What should I know about Lupin fat content?
The fat content in Lupin Flour is around 7% and a large part of it is polyunsaturated and contains significant amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 plus has high antioxidant capacities. Therefore, unlike in some other legumes, the fat or oil content of lupins is highly nutritious and healthy.