Pests/diseases: Rabbits, dear (protect with netting)
Color: Dark green
Flavor: Salty and savory
After the last frost of the season, sow the seeds one inch deep in a light, well-draining soil of at least sixty degrees. You’ll want to give about twelve inches of space between the plants. While growing, the plant should have two and half inches of water a week. The plants can grow to be up to three feet tall, so they may benefit from having a source of support, such as a pole or trellis. 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.
Edamame will produce 2-inch pods with 3 beans per pod. Plant two weeks after the last frost of spring. 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. Keep soil only moist but not soaked during the germinating period. Multiple plantings will allow harvest over extended season. All pods on the plants are usually harvested at the same time. Very healthy and nutritious, this Asian favorite is a good source of high quality protein. Pick the pods when they are plump while it is still adorning a vibrant green hue. If you desire to harvest seeds dry, wait about another month; the leaves should be gone. Pull out the entire plant and hang to dry until the pods fall of when the plant is shaken. Edamame is also a popular addition to salads and soups. As a snack the pods are simmered in salted water until tender and the beans popped out of the pod to be eaten. Can also be shelled and added to stir-fries, or cooked with meats or other vegetables
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.