{June 21, 2010}   Lupines grace the Hills & Valley

This is the time of year when our eyes start to see pinks, purples, whites, and blues highlighting roadsides everywhere. Lupines have a rich history that reaches back into the Egyptian era. Lupines seeds have been uncovered by archaeologists in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. There is also evidence showing that pre-Inca inhabitants in Peru cultivated lupines. In ancient and medieval times they were used as a food source. However they soon learned not all varieties of lupines were edible. Many common types are toxic and now are only grown for their vibrant colors.

Clarabelle XOXO

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