Summer is finally here! It’s felt official since mid may, but now we are squarely into the 100 degree territory until late September. The dried bean plants have been ready for me to pull out of the ground for at least two weeks… but I’ve been lazy so I haven’t. What I have been doing is enjoying edamame. It’s finally ready to pick! Better yet, It’s even easier to prepare. Once a few green leaves turn yellow on the plant you know it is ready.
Although you can get frozen edamame at the store, I wanted to try growing it as an experiment. The plants don’t get as big as expected. It’s perhaps due to the weather here? But they seem to be troopers taking the heat better than most of the other bean varieties. I would plant every 6 inches apart rather than 1 foot in the future. Each plant appears to yield approximately one cup of edamame pods which is perfect for a light snack.
- 2 to 3 Tbsp salt
- Coars salt for sprinkling
To prepare, yoink a whole plant out of the ground, Wash any debris off the outside fuzz on the pods.
Boil a half pot of water with 2 or 3 Tbsp salt. When the water is boiling throw in the pods.
Boil the beans for five minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water. Serve in a bowl sprinkled with coarse salt. Eat immediately. A tasty easy snack awaits.
I have learned a few things from doing this. Firstly, Pull the plant THE DAY that you want to make edamame. I waited one day to make my first batch and the beans started turning a little grainy texture which was not as good. Secondly, yellow pods are fine. They don’t taste bad or weird. Don’t be afraid of the yellow. Thirdly, don’t go thinking that you’ll make a huge batch of these and put them in the fridge and eat them over the week. It turns into a weird slimy mess. The husband and I decided to try that 12 years ago when we were still dating. It left such an impression on both of us we remember the horror vividly to this day.
It’s so much more fun and satisfying to eat the food you grow yourself. Happy Gardening!