Edamame is the Japanese word for green soybeans and is pronounced “ay-duh-MAH-may”. They are harvested right before they become hard and grow on branches in clusters. In Asia, they are mainly finger foods and eaten as high protein, highly nutritious, vegetarian snacks with beer similar to our peanut snacks. They are not “beany” but are sweet and not bitter. They are minimally processed They are usually boiled or steamed in the pod for 20 minutes and chilled and salted. They also may then be quick frozen. They can be used in soups and salads, added to rice or pasta.
About 3 ounces of the beans themselves contains more than 12 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 145 mg calcium, 60 mg of magnesium, 111 mcg of folate. It also has more than 500 grams of potassium per 100 g. (quite a lot.They can be cooked and added as a vegetable to stir-fries.