Edamame - Nutrition for the Worldby Edouard Tjoa

Edamame, a Japanese-derived name for green soybean, is a popular dish in Japanese cuisine. The word Edamame means “Beans on Branches” in Japanese. It grows in clusters on bushy branches. This is high in protein too, which can be an alternate source of meat for vegetarian. Normally, we only consume the seed and the green pouch that covers the seed, which has a fury texture, is thrown away. It contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, and sodium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. These are all essential nutrients for our body.

Edamame is also a good choice for snacks. This is because it is very low in fat and does not contain any saturated fats which is not good for our body if we have too much. It's also a good source of fiber too. Hence, this will prevent us from getting constipation, and has other benefits.

Edamame are usually boiled and may be served cold or hot. To remove the pod, push the beans out of the pod and it should come off easily. If this is your first time eating this, you’ll find it pretty interesting just like I do. If you want to add flavor, you can add salt to it. Other than that, you can also add the beans to pasta salad and I love it. It's a good alternative to peanuts, which are high in fats. Edamame beans can also be used as one of the ingredients in fried rice. This is a really great substitute to nuts that are high in fats.

This is also popular in China too. It is called 毛豆 (Mao Dou) in Mandarin and it means hairy beans. This is because of the textures of the pods. Some people enjoy eating this with beer. These are best grown in warm climates and are quite sensitive to water content in soil. Hence, you wouldn’t want to water the soil to much during the germination process. The best way to harvest it is when the pods are plump but still green. One interesting facts are that, in China, the pod sacks are cooked with meat for various numbers of dishes.

Here's a few link to know more about Edamame: http://www.edamame.com/ http://www.seapointfarms.com/

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