Days to Germination:7-14 days
Growing Edamame is as easy as growing Bush Beans. It also loves sun and well-draining, fertile soil. Direct-sow Edamame when the soil has warmed to 60°F and all danger of frost has passed. Amend the soil as needed with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-aged manure. Cool, wet weather may necessitate a second planting: Edamame seeds rot in cold, damp soil. After planting, do not water until the sprouts emerge, unless it is very hot and dry. After emergence, and throughout the season, avoid watering the foliage. Water by soaking the soil around the plants and fertilize with kelp or fish emulsion as needed. Harvest Edamame when its inedible pods are green, tender and plump, well before they turn yellow. Meaning ‘twig bean’ in Japanese, Edamame is similar to the field soybean although it has been bred for larger seeds, sweeter flavor, a more creamy texture and easier digestion. Chill, freeze, boil or blanch the pods shortly after picking before their sugars convert to starch. Most commonly boiled for 5 to 10 minutes in salted water before popping them out of their pods into your mouth, Edamame is about 40% protein and high in vitamins A, B, calcium and iron.