Lupin beans: a viable alternative to meat?

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Lupin beans are back on the dinner table. Ancient Egyptians and Romans ate them, the Portuguese still love them as a snack, and the Dutch enjoy the exuberant flowers of the lupin plant in their backyards.

And now the lupin bean could prove a sustainable solution to the global food crisis. Dutch MP Marianne Thieme of the Animal Rights Party is sure, seeing her tweet: "a meat roll made of soybeans and lupine can be good too". But how does it look, and taste?

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