Edamame: homegrown, organic, delicious

September 15, 2009 in Gardening, ingredient

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In my garden (Humble Garden) I grew soybeans this year. They are open pollinated non-genetically modified and organically grown.

They have been fascinating to grow and have been a continual homeschool lesson for the kids.

Humble Garden 2009: organic open pollinated soybean


Sprouting

Humble Garden 2009: soybeans


Growing

Humble Garden 2009: soybeans


Almost blooming on the top. But wait, thats not the only place!

Humble Garden 2009: organic open pollinated soybeans


Fuzzy, disturbingly so, pods.

Humble Garden 2009: organic open pollinated soybeans


They grew quite tall, see the middle layer of the photo?

They grew much larger than I expected and in ways I thought were quirky and odd. For one, they sprouted little blossoms in what we called the “armpits” or when branches grew out of the main stem. From those blossoms they grew fuzzy pods. They also had bunches of pods at the top of the plant.

Now its time to harvest the crazy fuzzy pods.

Humble Garden: soybeans

Humble Garden: soybeans

From the day I ordered the seeds I figured I would serve them like the Japanese edamame or make some miso. I rinsed them and then boiled them for 20 minutes. After that I cooled them and then served them like you see below, with salt. You then pop them from the pods and sprinkle a bit more with salt, eat. A nice snack indeed!

Humble Garden: organic open pollinated edamame