Why the Lupins?

The tremoceiro plant is translated as ‘Lupin’ in English.

The yellow legume seeds of lupins, commonly called lupin beans, were popular with the Romans, who spread the plant’s cultivation throughout the Roman Empire.

Lupin beans are commonly sold in a salty solution in jars and can be eaten with or without the skin.  The name ‘Lupin’ derives from the Latin word ‘lupinus’ (meaning wolf), and was given with regard to the fact that many found that the plant has a tendency to ravage the land on which it grows. The peas, which appear after the flowering period were also said to be fit only for the comsumption of wolves.

Lupini dishes are most commonly found in Mediterranean countries, especially in Portugal, Egypt and Italy, where they are popularly consumed with beer.

In Portuguese the lupin beans are known as tremoços.