Edamame/Soybean (Sonya) Seeds


Regular price $2.20
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

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.

Growing Conditions


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.

Growing Instructions

  • 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) 


      We offer a replacement guarantee

      To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

      What will postage cost?

      Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

      Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

      If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

      If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

      How often do you dispatch?

      To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

      How do you package your products?

      We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


      Where do you deliver to? 

      We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

      South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

      While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

      We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

      Do you deliver to post office boxes?

      Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


        You may also like