May, 2015

Edamame Fun Facts

Did you know…..

Edamame which means “beans on a branch” in Japanese are green soybeans.  They have long been popular in Japan.  They have a nutty, sweet flavor and creamy yet slightly crunchy texture.

Cooking and Storage:   Edamame is usually consumed as a snack, similar to peanuts. Persons unfamiliar with Edamame may be put off by the appearance of the fuzzy, lumpy pods. These reservations disappear when people taste the beans.

To prepare Edamame as a snack, wash pods and boil them for 5 to 8 minutes in salted water. Squeeze the cooked pod between thumb and forefinger to “shoot” the beans into the mouth. If the beans will be used in a recipe, boil the pods for 5 to 8 minutes in unsalted water and squeeze the beans into bowl.

Uncooked pods keep for about 1 week under refrigeration. For longer storage, wash pods and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain and dry the pods, seal them in a bag, and freeze. Frozen pods are prepared the same as fresh pods.

Serving suggestions:  Not usually eaten raw.  Toss steamed edamame pods with salt and pull the beans out as you eat them (with your hands or your teeth); discard the pod.  Cooked shelled beans are delicious with a little olive oil, salt and pepper or parmesan cheese.  Add cooked shelled beans to soups, casseroles, stir-fries, or salads.

Sponsored by:

Otter Tail County Extension

Fergus Falls Community Education

Otter Tail County Public Health

Fergus Falls Farmers Market

PartnerSHIP 4 Health

Fergus Falls 2015 Vegetable of the Year is Edamame!

Edamame has been chosen 2015 Vegetable of the Year to rally the community around growing, cooking and sharing a single vegetable. We want to see the vegetable of the year growing in gardens, in containers on front porches, in front of businesses, churches, and schools everywhere!   We provide starter kits with free seeds, growing tips, projects ideas, and more to get you going.  You provide the enthusiasm and ideas.  Then, join the conversation by sharing your ideas and experiences on the One Vegetable One Community Facebook page.

Free kits include:                       Pick your kit up at:

√ Edamame seeds                            √ Fergus Falls Public Library

√ Growing information                  √ Meadow Farm Foods

√ Basic edamame recipes              √ YMCA

√ Project ideas                                  √ Otter Tail County Historical Museum

√ Garden Stake                                 √ Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce