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Edamame

Native to Japan, Edamame is a highly nutritious food crop, about 40% protein and high in vitamins A, B, calcium and iron. Meaning Twig Bean, Edamame is similar to the field soybean, but it has been bred for larger seeds, sweeter flavor, more creamy texture and easier digestion. Growing Edamame is as easy as growing Bush Beans. Harvest Edamame when most of the pods are green, tender and plump, well before they begin to turn yellow. Shelled Edamame may be eaten straight out of the pod raw, or cooked and used in salads, soups, stews, stir-fries or casseroles. Instead of snacking on popcorn, munch Edamame. Boil the pods in salted water for 5 minutes, drain, sprinkle lightly with sea salt. While warm, gently squeeze the warm, sweet and salty Edamame out of the pods between your teeth.

Average seed life: 1 year.

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Gardening Tips

Just because legumes are known to improve the soil in which they grow, it does not mean that they needn't be planted in good soil themselves. This is especially true of Beans. If you dig in well-rotted manure at the time of planting, your bean plants will grow better, be more free from disease and give you a better yield.

Beans Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: 1"
Row Spacing: 18"-36"
Seed Spacing: 3"-4"
Days to Germination: 6-10 days
Germination Temperature: 60°-80°F

Beans love sun and well-draining, fertile soil. Plant Beans 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: bean 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 as needed by soaking the soil around the Beans and fertilize with kelp or fish emulsion as needed.

For Pole Beans, provide support with rough poles, teepees, netting or a trellis. Harvest when the Beans are young, slim and on the small side for the best eating! It is vital to keep Beans picked regularly since seed formation slows and eventually halts production. Sow Bush Beans every 10 to 15 days until 2 months before the first frost date in the fall for continuous yields.

A mainstay of the kitchen garden, homegrown Beans outshine those that are store-bought in their delicious, just-picked flavor, crisp-tender texture and rich vitamin content.

Beans Show Their Colors
My favorite use for purple-podded Beans is to pick them while slim and tender, along with green and yellow ones, and arrange all three on a platter with a hummus dip.

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