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.
You Tube video
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.
- 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.
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).
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:
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.