Visual appearance of the plant
Lupins are a small bushy plant generally growing to about 1m depending on the season They are a dark green plant with thin leaves which produce white flowers in the spring. The Lupins are formed in a pod not dissimilar to a large pod of peas.
The plants dry off to a golden brown colour at the end of spring and produce a seed with white shell with a yellow centre similar in size to a large pea.
Usage on Glenvar
Lupins have been grown at Glenvar since 1981. Today it consists of 25% of the arable acres and up to 4000T are produced annually. They are a legume which are extremely valuable in fixing Nitrogen back into the soil for the growing of cereals.
Today they are typically grown one in every four years on Glenvar and in recent years have provided an additional income with the sale of the chaff and straw produced form the lupin plant itself.