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Edamame does best in full-sun locations with well-drained soil that has plenty of organic matter. Raised-bed gardens make great sites. When planting edamame, allow soils to thoroughly warm up to 55-60 degrees F prior to planting. Edamame seed do not germinate in cool soils so wait to plant for best success.

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Plant one inch deep, 3" apart within rows, with rows 20 inches apart. bother benefit for growing edamame is it will help with soil fertility.

Harvest edamame when the beans in the pod are 80-90% expanded or when the leaves have changed from bright green to a slight yellowish-green color. Handpick pods with at least two beans per pod and select pods which are only bright green in color. Pods can be refrigerated for up to a week or blanch them for 2-3 minutes in boiling water and freeze them loose in zip-lock bags.

Here are some recipes for edamame that I think you will enjoy.

Edamame hummus

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups shelled, cooked edamame, thawed if frozen

2 medium garlic gloves, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed

1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • Place the cannellini beans, edamame, garlic, water, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and sesame seed oil in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.
  • Season with pepper and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • If the dip is too thick, pulse in more water, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl, add the cilantro, and stir to combine.
  • Taste and season with more salt or lemon juice as needed.
  • Serve with pita chips.

Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper

1 pound shelled edamame


2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


1 teaspoon sea salt


1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Spread the edamame on a clean dish towel and pat gently to dry them.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the edamame with the olive oil, salt, and pepper .
  • Taste test one of the edamame and add more seasonings if desired.
  • Spread the edamame in a single layer on a sheet pan and roast for 30-40 minutes.
  • Stir every 10 minutes and watch for the edamame to begin puffing and turning golden-brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the roasted edamame to a serving bowl.
  • They are best if eaten within a few hours of roasting.

You can buy seed from Territorial Seed Company at http://www.territorialseed.com/ and also at Bountiful Gardens, http://www.bountifulgardens.org.

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