Is that for real? Any suggestions on how to cook and use these beans? And if they take days, are they really worth it?
Sent by Nithya
Editor: Nithya, we have never cooked lupini beans, but we know that they are a classic Italian antipasti, often included on holiday platters at Christmas and Easter. They are fun to eat in a big communal setting, as you have to squeeze the beans out of their jackets, rather like favas.
But lupini beans do have a lot of bitter alkaloids, so you have to find a way to leach those out before they are edible. There are a couple different ways to do that.
Both methods are definitely time-consuming, but the Chowhounders seem to agree that it's worth it!
Readers, what do you think? Have you ever eaten or cooked lupini beans?