High quality protein from lupin beans
Lupin is a high quality protein source and a healthy and sustainable meat substitute. Growing white lupin beans is new in Holland. In 2016 three organic farmers joined, the warm and dry autumn resulted in a beautifull harvest.
In the TV-program BinnensteBuiten, chef Alain Caron joins the harvest and creates a delicious lupin soup.

Are you interested to include lupin in your professional kitchen or shop, please contact us at

What do Lupin beans look like?


Uncooked beans of white and blue lupin full size

You can easely cook with white lupin beans: the bean is tasty and has a soft shell. The bean of the blue lupin is smaller and has a tough rind. These beans are being processed to flour that is used in bread, pastries and meat substitutes.

What does lupin taste like?

Lupin beans comes close to the taste of chick peas and broad beans. They are less mealy than other beans, the bite is firm. With a little salt and herbs (for example, cayenne pepper and parsley) the cooked lupin bean is a good snack.

Where can I buy lupin beans?

The white lupin beans of POWERPEUL are available at webshop Veggiedeli, Vegabond in Amsterdam, Bietenrood in Rossum, Amelis'Hof near Utrecht, de Stroom near Wageningen, Heavenly Cupcakes in Rotterdam, Healthstore in Den Haag, Miss Bean in Heiloo, at Landwaart Culinair in Maartensdijk where they make great lupin salad, at De Knollentuin in Nijmegen, where they also bake delicious lupin rolls and at Bakkerij Hardeman in Wijk en Aalburg, where they bake vegan lupinquiches and 'Brabantse lupinebroodjes'.

You also find POWERPEUL at markets and events. We like to meet you at our stand, where you can taste lupin beans and take rolls, burgers and spreads home. Our agenda is at CONTACT.

Why is lupin healthy?

Lupin contains a lot of protein, is rich in calcium, magnesium and iron, is full of dietary fiber and contains little fat. Lupin beans contain all the essential amino acids. Research conducted in Australia and Belgium shows that lupin lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and improves the intestinal function.

The nutritional value of lupin (Lupin albus, unprepared) per 100 grams is:
Energie           313 kcal
Protein       36.2 grams
Fiber          40.4 grams
Fat              9.7 grams

Can lupin help to lose weight?

Sure.In Australia where most lupin is grown, the health effects are also widely researched. It identified that eating lupin at breakfast, gives a saturated feeling for lupin contains plenty of fiber. People eat less between meals and at lunch. After a year the difference in weight proved to still exist. A lupin smoothie for breakfast or lunch is an easy way to lose weight. Check out our recipes for possibilities.

Does one eat lupin with or without the skin?

You can eat the lupin beans with skin, the skin also contains important nutrients. If you have a lot of patience and you want to refine the taste of your recipes a little more, you can also remove the skin after cooking the beans.

I grow lupin in my garden, can I eat them?

No, the pods of the garden plants are bitter in taste and all parts of this plant are more or less toxic. Lupin is a genus of the legume family and one of the most colourful border plants there is. The flowers range in color from blue, purple, pink, yellow, brown and red.


Is the lupin you sell not toxic?

No, the lupin that we sell is healthy. The border plant lupin should not be confused with the lupin beans that we sell and promote. Growers produced approximately 75 years ago the sweet lupin beans. This bean is non-toxic. That has been extensively tested. The sweet lupine beans can be eaten without any danger.

Can one be allergic to lupin?

Yes, people who are allergic to peanuts, can also be allergic to lupin, but this does not have to be the case.

Is lupin grown in Holland?

The cultivation of white Lupin beans in Netherlands is in an experimental phase, we have a lot to learn about what type is most suitable for our climate.

The blue Lupin is successfully grown in Netherlands for a number of years. The bean of the blue Lupin is smaller (compare with a pea) and has a tough rind. Therefore, these are being processed to flour that is used in bread, pastries and meat substitutes.

We want to make the white lupine bean popular because you can easely cook with these beans: the bean is larger and has a soft shell.

The Louis Bolk Institute examines and supervises the cultivation of Lupin in the Netherlands. A lot of information about Lupin cultivation you will find in this teelthandleiding van het Louis Bolk Instituut.