Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Lupinus albus

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"If you want to bring in a good lupin harvest, thrash your wife soundly before you go out sowing in the field". Old Syrian Proverb.

Lupin breeder Dr. John Gladstones does not beat his wife as recommended in the Syrian proverb above. Nor is he known to use ground up lupin seeds for the diverse cosmetic and medicinal purposes recommended in ancient Roman and other texts on lupins.

But his modern work on lupin breeding and development has undoubtedly been influenced by his detailed study of such writings.

In this article he discusses the history of the Mediterranean white lupin and presents some highlights gleaned from early texts.