The beans are as ready as they are going to get. They took a long season to get here. I’ll keep a few for seed, but I’m not sure if they are worth the fuss. I’ll think on it.
They are hard to pod, but they taste better than a regular starchy string bean seed. I tried them against each other…there’s no comparison. The Edamame bean (described as an immature soy bean) is sweeter and delicate.
I froze 4 small packages and put some in a salad. I think that’s what I’ll do with the ones I’m freezing – put them in future salads. I don’t want them to get lost in a stew.
I discovered that they come encased in a tissue-like covering that comes off quite easily in water. Put them in a bowl of water, swish them around and the peelings seem to rise to the surface.
Verdict: They’re pretty cute, nutritious and yummy. The downfall then, is that they take so long to grow, are hard to peel, and don’t make a large volume per plant. Am I missing anything?