Edamame, Be Sweet Soybean (Glycine max) - 20 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Thrives in heat
•USDA Zones: 3-12
The edamame, also known as soybean, originated in East Asia and is a legume that can be grown in zones three through nine. The beans have a high amount of fiber and protein, with a salty taste, and many people enjoy eating them on their own due to their strong flavor. The plants grow in a tall, bushy manner with many leaves of a dark green color, which can look great as part of your garden. Be Sweet Edamame will produce 2-inch pods with 3 beans per pod. Edamame has been a popular dish in Chinese cuisine since ancient times, but now the whole world has caught on to the delicious flavor of a hot bowl of steamed and salted edamame.
This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Iron, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Folate, Magnesium and Manganese.
Two weeks after the last frost of the season, sow the seeds 1" deep in a light, well-draining soil that is at least 60°. You’ll want to give about 12" of space between the plants. While growing, the plant should have 2 1/2 inches of water a week. The plants can grow to be up to 3 feet tall, so they may benefit from having a source of support, such as a pole or trellis. Although edamame beans are practically immune to many small pests, animals such as rabbits and dears like nibbling on them, so it would be a good idea to protect the plants with something like a bird net. You can pick the pods when they are plump and still green in color; waiting until they turn yellow will give them a flavor similar to lima beans. This plant loves sun; place in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Sow seeds every two weeks for consistent harvesting. After 10 days, the plants should poke through the soil.
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