Jul 27, 2008

Soy To The World!!

I am so proud.

I just harvested my first ever crop of Edamame. This is the soy bean in its green stage. The word Edamame means "Beans on Branches," and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. They are a remarkably easy vegetable to grow.I planted them in extra-large pots , planting the seeds about an inch and a half deep, and spaced about 6 inches apart. I watered them in, and then watered when needed. Piece of Cake. They are a pretty compact plant, and the flowers are tiny...but they get covered in pods. Once the pods were nice and plump, but still green. I picked them.

They are also extremely easy to prepare as a side dish or vegetable dish once they are grown. Edamame are best eaten steamed or boiled in lightly salted water and popped out of the shell straight into your mouth... Yum.

You can also let the beans completely mature, and then shell them and use them like other dried beans. The nice thing about using them as a dry bean is they don't require any pre-soaking, as a matter of fact, pre-soaking would be a bad thing for them as they spoil quickly that way . So they are quick and easy in the dry stage as well!

Come on People ....enjoy the Soy!!

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