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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 Rob Walter on October 20, 2013 at 11:16

Oh, and while I'm adding endless comments, they're one of those veges where the flavour benefits from being grown well, unlike say, lettuce, which is pretty much the same as long as it's not very old and bitter. Good edamame should be sweet, which only happens if it gets enough water and enough food. Even in the life of the plant, two weeks without worm juice and I found the flavour dropped off.

Comment by Rob Walter on October 20, 2013 at 10:18

I should also mention that it's quite a good green manure crop, so it can be a double win like broad beans in the winter.

Comment by Rob Walter on October 20, 2013 at 10:15

I absolutely love edamame! Eating boiled edamame and drinking Japanese beer with friends is one of the best ways to spend a Friday afternoon in summer. Unfortunately I've given up drinking, so I guess I'll have to find something else to accompany it.

It's one of those annoying plants that was spectacularly successful the first year I grew it, then the second year I only got a couple of handfuls. I guess I got overconfident and put it in dodgy spots. When I first got interested in growing it, I had a great deal of difficulty finding a suitable variety. I even ended up emailing some academic in the UQ Agriculture Department about it. He wrote back politely informing me that it would soon be available through Green Harvest for the first time, and it's still available through them in the beans section if you're browsing.

Comment by Lissa on October 20, 2013 at 6:16

It does sound good doesn't it. One of those really useful plants to grow in our area.

No seed left, sorry. Maybe Joseph has extra or I'm sure they could be bought from one of the retail outlets that post. I've just snatched this out of one of my blogs - might be worth checking out.

AUSTRALIAN SEED SITES by state, as many of us like to buy local seed to suit our climate and support local companies:

BEAUTANICALS QLD

EDEN SEEDS QLD

GREEN HARVEST QLD Maleny

ISABELL SHIPARDS HERB FARM QLD

SELECT ORGANIC QLD

SUCCEED HEIRLOOM QLD

VAN VEEN ORGANICS QLD Elimbah (just north of Caboolture)

GREENPATCH SEEDS NSW

ROYSTON PETRIE SEEDS NSW

THE HIPPY SEED COMPANY NSW

THE LOST SEED NSW

DIGGERS CLUB VIC

GOODMAN SEEDS VIC

MONTBURG GARDENS VIC - seeds, plants, edible natives

NEW GIPPSLAND SEED & BULBS VIC

THE SEED COLLECTION Vic or FB page

WHITEHOUSE NURSERY Vic

AUSTRALIAN SEED WA

JANKALA ORGANIC SEED SA

THE ITALIAN GARDENER SA

CORNUCOPIA SEED TAS

PHOENIX SEED TAS

RANGEVIEW SEEDS TAS

SOUTHERN HARVEST TAS

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 19, 2013 at 22:56

You don't have any spare seed do you?  Fascinating plant. 

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