Are edamame bean pods edible?
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Are edamame bean pods edible?

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The pods of edamame beans are too fibrous to be edible according to the National Soybean Research Laboratory. Also referred to as a vegetable soybean, edamame can be eaten raw or boiled or steamed for 4 to 5 minutes and then cooled under tap water. The soybeans may be difficult to remove from the shells if not steamed.

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Cooked edamame can be stored in the freezer. It can be served hot or cold and is often used in salads, soups and a variety of other dishes.

Edamame is high in nutritional benefits and easy to grow. Home growers should stagger planting to ensure a continuous harvest, as the plants have a limited window for optimal harvesting.

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