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The Magic of Edamame Beans

Edamame beans won’t produce a giant beanstalk and lead to a pot of gold but they’re still magic. Low in calories and high in protein and other healthy stuff there’s loads of reasons why these little beans are now so popular.Edamame beans are immature green soy beans. Originating in Asia they have been valued by the Chinese for thousands of years. Also, popular in Japan where the word Edamame means “beans on branches” which is pretty much how they grow.

Edamame, as a soy bean, contain all 9-amino acid and are a complete protein. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians and for meat eaters who fancy a meat free meal.

Soya beans have until recently been tricky to grow in our climate. However, the new Suttons Edamame Soya Bean is a vast improvement and will deliver early cropping success.

Sowing Edamame

You’ll find full instruction on the Suttons seed packet but in summary:

  • Sow from April to mid-June, in pots or trays on a windowsill or in the greenhouse
  • Germination will take 7 to 14 days
  • Pot on and keep in a light position until the danger of frost is passed. Alternatively, once the soil has warmed up they can be sown direct, protected by fleece or cloches

Growing Edamame

  • Plant out once the danger of frost has passed, choosing a well-drained yet moist, sunny position
  • Plant 15cm apart, in rows 45cm apart
  • The plants are self-supporting but may need some help
  • Keep weed free and water regularly.

Harvesting Edamame

  • Pick the pods when they are bright green and you can make out the beans inside
  • To remove the beans simply pinch the pod and out they will pop. Or, do it Japanese style and cook the pod. As soon as you bite into it the juicy beans will just pop into your mouth
  • Of course, if you prefer you can allow the pods to fully develop meaning that once harvested and dried you will have soy beans.

Care: As with many beans Edamame do contain toxins so need to be cooked before eating.

 

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Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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