The LTZ (Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg), is the state institute for agriculture in Baden-Württemberg. In 2012, the state government of Baden-Württemberg started its protein initiative (Eiweißinitiative), in which LTZ is responsible for grain legumes. The aim is to generate, summarise and communicate information on growing and using grain legumes.
Indeed, more and more restaurants are asking where they can get legumes from. To be able to provide regional products in sufficient amounts, Germany has to be able to grow beans and other legumes on a farm scale.
Therefore, various trials – on beans, chickpeas, and peanuts – are underway in LTZ’s trial fields (1,6x 12 metres for the chickpeas). The LTZ also has a show garden for visitors.
Soybean, 26 varieties of chickpeas, groundnut, 14 common bean varieties including “Dalmatian” beans, black beans…