Growing beans is easy, and Edamame is no exception. Edamame is a type of soybean, thought only the dried form is used for making tofu and other soy products. Their popularity stems from the fact that they’re extremely nutritious. Edamame beans are packed with protein and vitamins, including vitamin E. They’re also rich in antioxidants and contain a lot of fiber to help with digestion. There’s evidence that eating edamame can help lower heart disease risk factors and help control cholesterol.
If considering growing your own Edamame, take note that unlike other types of beans, edamame has a long maturation period and are sensitive to cooler temperatures. Most varieties set 2-3 beans per pod. Pay close attention to how long a variety takes to reach maturity. If you live somewhere with cool summer nights or a short growing season, pick a variety to match your region’s conditions. Choosing the wrong type may leave you with a meager, disappointing harvest.