Edamame Fun Facts

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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.

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