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.