Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Garden Love: Edamame

I may be a bit obsessed with this little green bean.  Although, I really enjoy getting the pre-shelled edamame at Trader Joe's.  However, our closest Trader Joe's is 45+ minutes away, so the next best thing (for me anyway) is to grow it in the garden. Personally, I think it tastes better knowing that I took part in the planting and growing of this fabulously delicious bean.


Here's my row of edamame - ready for picking!


Preparing Edamame is time consuming, but it is really quite simple.  Just pick it, boil it, shell it, and eat it.  

I usually just pull up the entire plant - root and all.  The root is going to come out soon enough anyway.  Right?    Just remember, if you choose to just pull it out by the roots- it's probably best to NOT pick the pods off in your house.  That's just asking for a mess.  



Today Izzy and I were smarter and chose to do the pod picking on the deck.  


Picking the pods alone is quite boring.  I do suggest finding a picking partner.  It's really easy - even a 3 yr old can do it!  





Next step is to add some salt to some water and boil it on the stove.  Once the water starts to boil - put the pods in there.  You only need to boil them for a few minutes.  Then I drain them and run some cold water over them to cool them off and stop the cooking process.  That way I can start popping the pods open and eating them I mean putting them in a bowl.

Before you know it, you have a nice bowl full of edamame.




YUM!

Haven't tried edamame?  I think you need to.  Check out what this healthy little bean provides you with:
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If you are a fan of edamame - what are your favorite ways to eat it?  I prefer to snack on it.  Sometimes I'll add it into a quinoa salad, but most of the time I prefer it alone.


15 comments:

  1. WE LOOOVE IT STEAMED AND SALTY :)
    now I wanna grow.my.own, too.

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  2. Edamame is a staple in our house. Often a snack and I love it in salads.

    One of my goals for next year is to plant a small garden. I'm adding edamame to the list!

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  3. Last year we received edamame in our CSA. I didn't even know how it was grown! I thought they gave us a bunch of weeds. :)

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  4. steamed and salty is my favorite way to enjoy edamame!

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  5. YUMMY! I used to get the bags at Costco! So good! and I'm jealous of your garden. We rent an apartment and have tried doing a garden in pots... and it just doesn't work.

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  6. AWESOME! And Yummy! I love all the garden pics!

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  7. So fun! You have the perfect garden helper too. ;) I really should try edamame. I can't believe I haven't!

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  8. Um, ok, never seen it growing LOL. I love edamame and need to pick some up again. I like to use it in stir fries and such. I prefer it unshelled and unsalted. Kind of the opposite of most people I suppose. It makes for a great hummus too.

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  9. I love it! I like to steam it and put salt on it! Sooo good!

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  10. I am a big fan of edamame. I had never thought to add it to quinoa but that sounds really good. I like to buy it from Costco in the shell, it comes in little bags to steam in the microwave, salt and shell and YUM!

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  11. So cool! I do love edamame - straight outta the pod. I also love that you grew it yourself -- i'd never have thought to add that to a garden.

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  12. i love edamame I never knew what the plant looked like though! so cool!

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  13. I love edamame. Of course, I didn't much like them when I was growing up on a farm that grew lots of soybeans. ;-) Give them a cook name, and ooh la la! LOL.

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  14. This is going on my list of things to grow in the garden! I love Edamame salted by themselves and added to salads.

    Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

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