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The former food of the poor is rich in protein, which often replaces soya products. They were sowed without needing ploughing. They were so bitter that birds could not eat them. To become sweet, they had to be boiled in seawater inside cauldrons, known as «charania». Then, they were placed inside special bags and left in the sea for 4-5 days. Finally, they put them in the sun for a few days to get dry.
Lupine were very good for goats and pigs to eat, while many people ate them instead of nuts and used to call them «raisin of Mani». Lupine were also milled, and during the Occupation, people made bread out of lupine flour.