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Joseph shared some Edamame seed with me some months back. After the bit of rain yesterday I've moved the compost pile into the middle bed and planted the seed up one end in the bottom-of-the-pile, worm casting rich soil.

Very curious about these - I've never eaten them but the blurb on the net makes them sound delicious. Can be eaten raw like a peanut or boiled in the pod to be eaten as a snack with a bit of salt...

....used as a bright green ingredient in salads....

...or blended with peas etc to make a spread.

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From Organic Gardening:

Edamame (pronounced "eh-dah-MAH-meh") are vegetable soybeans — that is, you pick them when they're green, pop them out of the pods and serve them as a side dish or eat them like peanuts, a crunchy snack you munch with a beer. Edamame are an excellent source of high-quality protein — the beans have all of the amino acids, including the 8 not produced in our bodies. Also high in dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A and folate. And then there are isoflavones — the powerful plant compounds that have been linked to everything from decreased heart disease to alleviating the symptoms of menopause.

Growing Guide

  • Variety: If you live in an area with short or cool summers, choose a variety that matures in less than 90 days. In the Deep South, choose a variety with a later maturation date or consider planting edamame for a spring/fall crop.
  • Soil preference: Edamame tolerate a wide range of soils, but delay planting until soil temperatures reach at least 60°F. Extend your harvest with succession plantings made at weekly intervals.
  • Inoculation: To increase the plants' nitrogen fixation, treat soybeans at planting with Rhizobium japonicum inoculant, available through seed catalogs which sell edamame.
  • Spacing: Edamame are well-suited to dense plantings. Plant in wide rows and space 4-inch apart in all directions.
  • Watering: Keep soil consistently moist and avoid soil crusting until emergence, then water only when soil is dry.
  • Fertilizing: Edamame perform well with moderate soil fertility. Compost or a balanced organic fertilizer are good choices.
  • Cultivation: Control weeds around seedlings with light cultivation until leaves shade out competition.

Pest Watch
Edamame are largely pest-resistant, but if you have problems with Bean Beetles or Stinkbugs they can be controlled with floating row covers or predatory insects (parasitic wasps, nematodes, ladybugs, and lacewings).

Harvesting
Edamame have a narrow harvest window of 3-7 days. Pick when beans have filled in the pod and before the pod begins to yellow. Chill the beans for several hours and then blanch the pods in boiling water just until the color deepens. The beans can then be refrigerated or frozen for later use.

Will post some pics of my plants as they grow, but here's one of the few pics I've been able to find of the plant growing and fruiting.

And just have to share this wierd recipe. Is it sweet or savoury:

Ingredients

7 ounces dry roasted edamame
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound 6 ounces sugar
12 ounces water

Directions

Place the edamame, soy sauce, cayenne pepper and salt into a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Line a half sheet pan with a silicone baking mat.

Place a 3-quart saucier inside a large cast iron skillet. Add the sugar and water to the saucier, and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until it comes to a boil. Stop stirring, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the sugar is a light amber color, approximately 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the edamame mixture. Working quickly, pour the mixture onto the prepared half sheet pan and spread thin with an oiled spatula. You will have to work quickly when pouring out and spreading the mixture in the pan. Cool completely, approximately 30 minutes, and then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Found these at the Lawnton Fruit Mkts today. They look exactly the same as the seed I've been given so couldn't resist buying them to try growing. Ate two raw - not good. Dry and chewy. Will soak some to see if they're edible.

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Comment by Joseph on December 12, 2013 at 7:43

No worries, Elaine. I'll bring extra for people to try. There are specific varieties of soy that are better suited as edamame, but don't quote me. It's just something I've read and been told about.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 11, 2013 at 18:35

Now ya talking Joseph!

Comment by Lissa on December 11, 2013 at 17:13

From what I've read, and you've said, everyone likes eating these :) I'm pretty sure they'll become a staple as they're productive and suited to our climate.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 11, 2013 at 17:10

I'd like to try some Joseph (hint, hint) ;-) - is there a specific variety for Edamame or will and organic Soy seeds do? Oh and are they summer growers?

Comment by Joseph on December 11, 2013 at 6:57

Yep they've been kept refrigerated for almost 12 months. The seed embryo is said to consume its reserves rapidly when stored at room temperature.

It's ok, I can bring some as I should have plenty of new seed in the coming months. What I'll also do is bring along some cooked edamame on Sat for you to try. You can then decide whether it's worth growing more plants.

Comment by Lissa on December 11, 2013 at 5:26

You hang on to your seed Joseph, you might need them yourself. Looks like I can buy plants from the Caboolture Mkts plus I will get seed from the two plants I have growing.

You keep these seed in the fridge? They seem to need a bit more tlc than other seed. Perhaps the ones you posted didn't like sitting in a hot west facing letter box either.

Comment by Ania on December 10, 2013 at 12:25
I just noticed today mine are coming up out of the loo rolls, hope they do well. I'd love to try these recipes!
Comment by Joseph on December 10, 2013 at 11:40

I'll bring some seeds for you this Sat, although unfortunately I don't have many left from last season.

Comment by Lissa on December 10, 2013 at 5:31

You did give me seed and not one of them came up :( I had a bout of heat just after planting and started the new job at the same time, so they may have dried out too much despite my best efforts.

I've ended up buying two plants (all the $ I had left) at the markets the other week, but I would like more.

Comment by Joseph on December 9, 2013 at 21:18

I hadn't checked the edamame for over a week and this morning I was surprised to find most of the plants are loaded with plump pods. Harvesting the pods is a labour intensive exercise but they were good, better than last year's. Did I give you some seeds, Lissa? The germination rate to date is around 80%+ so they should work for you.

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