Lupine. A Danger for the Peanut Allergic traveling To Europe
On my page "Where Is the Peanut Hiding?" I list items that pose a hidden danger to people allergic to peanuts. A rather obscure food called Lupin is quickly becoming a more commonly used ingredient and food, especially in Europe and the Mediterranean region. (also Australia, USA, Canada, South America,)
WARNING- Unfortunately many PEANUT ALLEGIC individuals can have a serious allergic reaction to lupin.
What is lupin?
Lupinus, commonly called lupine in the U.S. or lupin in Europe and Australia, is a common garden plant genus in the legume family, related to legumes such as peanuts,lentils,beans and peas. There are many different types of lupin. The majority of lupin is used for animal feed. "Sweet lupine" varieties are used in foods.
Lupin seed are high in protein and have the full range of essential amino acids.
Popular since Roman times, these beans are often soaked in brine and sold in jars like pickles. They are often eaten as a snack. Cento, an Italian manufacturer sells jars of Lupini Beans. You can find them right here in the United States. Lupini Beans are very popular in Italy.
You can buy a paper cone of lupini beans from a street vendor in Rome.
They are used in Soups, Stews, Salads, and Entrees plus Hummus where lupine beans can replace chick peas.
We are traveling to Italy and France this summer. What should I do in order to protect my son?
We do not know if he is allergic to lupin. I feel I should have him tested, but "where o where" will I ever find the so far obscure lupini bean in the U.S. much less in Texas. Seriously!
I went into "protective parent" mode and did my research to find lupini beans locally. I felt in had seen them somewhere....I had the picture of a jar in my head.
YES- success! Central Market, to their surprise, carries them. I will hop in the car today to purchase them.
Thus I think we will be able to avoid the danger of "packaged food" by reading the labels.
Plan of action?
1) See if our allergist can test our son for an allergy to lupine.
2) See if the jarred of lupini beans will work or if I have to source the raw beans. I have read online about the difficulty in soaking and cooking these beans so I do hope I won't have to be "chef mom".
3) Order Select Wisely food allergy translation cards for use on our European holiday.