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Tremoços … the Wonder Bean

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White Lupins (Tremoços) is a popular appetizer here at the bars (Tascas) here on Madeira Island. The beans are commonly sold in a brine in jars. You can eat the bean by making a small tear in the skin with your teeth and “popping” the seed directly into one’s mouth, but can also be eaten with the skin on. Accomplished Tremoços eaters learn to fissure the skin by rubbing the bean between forefinger and thumb.

White lupins (Lupinus Albus), or Tremoços as we say here on Madeira, belongs to the Fabaceae family and are traditionally grown in the Mediterranean countries. Australia is one of the largest producers in the world. The dry grain Lupine is toxic and contains a number of Alkaloids that has a bitter taste, and so these are only edible after boiling in water and salt.

On nutritional point of view, these yellow beans are almost the same level as a steak. It has three times more protein and two times more Phosphor than cow’s milk. White lupins are high in Fibre, vitamins B and E, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Omega 3. Furthermore, the low starch content makes it an excellent ally in controlling the level of blood sugar and a good companion for low-fat diets. It has also healing properties to stimulate the renewal of skin cells. In short, it’s a real wonder bean!

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