Sometimes you will see them referred to as Japanese soybeans because "eda" means branch or twig and "mame" is bean in Japanese.
Look for fresh, shelled edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh) in the produce section of many grocery stores. They are also sold frozen, both in the pod and shelled.
The word was first found in an English-language publication in 1951. But edamame and its definition (immature green soybeans, usually in the pod) was added to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary as a new word only in 2008.
Edamame is used as a source of protein in many vegetarian recipes. A half-cup of edamame contains about 8 grams of protein. Like many other beans, edamame also has fiber, with 4 grams per half-cup serving.
You can eat edamame hot or cold. They have a very mild bean taste and, when cooked, a soft texture.
A popular way to enjoy edamame is to steam or boil them in their pods in salted water. Remove them , pop the beans out of their pods and lightly salt them.
Edamame pods are not edible.
You can eat edamame on their own for a snack or you can add them to casseroles and stir-fries or serve them as a side dish. Edamame is a great addition to a tossed salad or substitute them for another bean in a bean salad.
Their soft texture makes them easy to process into a paste-like mixture for use in dips.
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