Edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh) are soybeans harvested while still tender.
They are sold in the pod and shelled. Frozen, in-the-pod edamame are about $2 for a 16-ounce package. An 8-ounce package of frozen shelled edamame is about $1.50. Edamame is used as a source of protein in many vegetarian recipes.
A ½ cup of edamame contains about 8 grams of protein. Like many other beans, edamame also has fiber, with 4 grams per ½ cup serving. You can eat edamame hot or cold.
They have a 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 and pop the beans out of their pods and enjoy.
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 pastelike mixture for use in dips.
Detroit Free Press