Edamame/Soybean (Sonya) Seeds
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Edamame/Soybeans are legumes traditionally used in North Asian cuisine. The beans grow on a small bushy plant that is fine to plant in a pot or a garden bed.
Soybean plants are so easy to grow from seed, but don't buy more than you need! Urban Bounty Edamame (Soy) Bean Seed Packets contain approximately 20 seeds - just enough for a small garden.
What are Edamame (Soybeans)?
Edamame plants produce green foliage and light purple and white flowers. Once pollinated, they mature into clusters of fuzzy bean pods filled with plump, squat green beans.
Although the terms 'Edamame' and 'Soybean' are often used interchangeably, the young green beans used in day-to-day cooking are usually called Edamame. The term 'Soybean' tends to refer to the beans left to harden and mature (these are used to make soymilk, fermented soya sauce and tofu).
Culinary Uses for Soybeans (Edamame)
Edamame that are picked while young and tender have a flavour that is a cross between a pea and a bean. They are a true Japanese culinary delight. Start your meal with an appetiser of gently steamed and seasoned Edamame pods. Simply squeeze the beans out of the pod and straight into your mouth.
You can gently saute shelled Soybeans and incorporate them into stir fries, fried rice and even pasta dishes. If serving as a healthy snack, try sprinkling with red chilli flakes or toasted sesame for something different.
Edamame are an open pollinated plant and are extremely easy to grow. They are a warm weather crop that likes full sun and rich, free draining soil with a neutral ph. Plant 4 - 6 plants per person for a good supply.
There is no need to stake Edamame - they bush out and only grow to about 60 cm tall. This plant needs regular water (enough to keep the soil moist) but take care not to over water. Protect from frost and wind. Cucumbers, strawberries and celery are good companion plants for Edamame or Soybeans.
Harvest Edamame when most of the pods have plumped up. Dig the plants into your garden after harvesting the pods - they are a great 'green manure' crop.
- Direct sow: Late spring - early autumn
- Spacing: 20 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 5 cm
- Germination: 7 - 14 days
- Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Harvest: 75 days (harvest when young and tender)