The Japanese name for green soybeans.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Though typically eaten raw and simply by the handful, edamame are incredibly versatile and can easily be pureed, sautéed or boiled.
Edamame (soybeans in the pod) are a low-calorie, fiber-packed nutrient powerhouse. Pick them up in the freezer aisle of your grocery store to have on hand for an easy, healthy snack.
We all know that steamed edamame make a phenomenal appetizer. But given that soybeans are nutrient powerhouses, why not add the gems to your regular menu?
This vegetarian-friendly dish cooks up fast, has added protein (thanks to the tofu and edamame) and is a great way to use up the leftover brown rice hanging out in the refrigerator.
Get Food Network Magazine's easy recipe for Soba Noodles with Shiitakes and Edamame, and enjoy it as a quick Meatless Monday dinner.