Edamame: Tasty Bean, Funny Name

Edamame pods. Photo: SXC.HU
I clearly remember the first time I ate edamame; I thought it was a mistake.

A salad I ordered at a restaurant came out covered in smooth, flat green things. The little beans were soft, but chewy, and had a mild flavor. So, I went with it.

Later I figured out the little beans were edamame--or young, green soybeans--shelled from the pod.

After that experience I've found edamame popping up everywhere. They sell dried, toasted edamame sprinkled with sea salt in the healthy snack section of the grocery store. Edamame pods are boiled in salt water and served as an appetizer at Asian restaurants.

Have you ever had edamame? How do you like to eat these protein-packed little beans?

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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12 comments:

  1. I've never heard of edamame, but might have to try it the next time we hit our local produce place.

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    1. HI Mark! It's pretty yummy! I really like it at the sushi restaurants as an appetizer! They're hot and you get to suck the beans out of the salted pods. Yum! ~Angela

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  2. Here in the Philippines we have a similar vegetable called Baguio beans. They're just a bit flatter than the edamame.

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  3. They have them on many salad bars now! yummy!

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    1. Really? I haven't seen them around here but that sounds great! I guess I need to eat out more often. I am kind of a home-kitchen girl. I'd rather cook! LOL! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela

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  4. Yum...I love edamame. I like them in salads, just plain with maybe a little butter (I enjoy their flavor), and like them in rice too and in stir fry. Most delicious E!

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    1. Good for you!! I have never tried them plain with butter. I'll have to add that to me "to try" list! Thanks! ~Angela

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  5. I don't remember but I'm sure I had that before.

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  6. I always get some edamame whenever I have sushi. I love them with a sprinkling of salt. Yum :D

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    1. Me too! It's a wonderful complement to the meal! ~Angela

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