Welcome to September! This week's CSA is mostly crunchy and a little sweet. But you may be wondering: what are these furry little pods?
Those are soybeans, also known as edamame. To prepare, just boil or steam until tender (about 5-6 minutes once the water is boiling). Strain and pop the beans out of the shell and into your mouth. Typically edamame are salted, before or after cooking, but you can also add garlic or other seasonings.
Soybeans are high in protein and iron and are a great snacking bean. They're also great for the soil, once considered sacred and prized in crop rotation for their work in fixing nitrogen
Soy is thought to be one of the earliest cultivated crops. While a major and important crop in China, Japan and Korea, soy has a short history in North America -- only considered as a food product after about 1920. Worldwide, soy is overwhelmingly used for processing in animal feed or industrial products and many commercial varieties are genetically engineered. Over the years, we have grown and saved seed from a number of heirloom (non-gmo) varieties -- to provide you with a little protein packed treat. These heritage seeds have some wonderfully enticing names such as "Envy", "Butterbean", and "Beerfriend" (presumably because soy is good pub food).
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