What is edamame?

Edamame is a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the “hardening” time. Photo of edamame, prior roasting is show above.  The word Edamame means “Beans on Branches,” and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. To retain the freshness and its natural flavor, it is parboiled and quick-frozen. In East Asia, the soybean has been used for over two thousand years as a major source of protein.  Dry roasting edamame makes them a handy snack that does not need refrigeration.  Dry roasted edamame pictured below.

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Dried Edamame is slightly crunch, and lightly salted.  Taste is similar to a shelled peanut or pistachio nut. My wife and I think they taste like peanuts and my granddaughter says they taste like pistachios. The have a pleasant, somewhat nutty taste, not bitter at all.

Examine the nutritional values between edamame and peanuts:

 

 

Dave’s Dried Edamame

Peanuts

Serving Size ¼ cup

Serving Size 1/4 cup

Calories—140, Fat Calories–34

Calories –170, Fat Calories–

Total Fat—4 gr., 6 % RDA

Total Fat— 22% RDA

Saturated Fat—.7 gr., .3 % RDA

Saturated Fat—2.0 gr, 4 %

Cholesterol—0 mg., 0 % RDA

Cholesterol—0 mg., 0 % RDA

Sodium—123 mg., 5 % RDA

Sodium—95 mg.

Total Carbs—12 gr., 4 % RDA

Total Carbs—12.0 gr., 4 % RDA

Dietary Fiber—3 gr., 12 % RDA

Dietary Fiber—2.0 gr., 8 %

Sugars—0 gr.

Sugars,  gr.

Protein—14 gr.

Protein—8.0 gr.

Based on a 2000 calorie daily diet

Based on a 2000 calorie daily diet

Calcium–1 %   Vit A– 3%

Iron–2%

 Iron—2 %