Soybeans are the most fundamental vegetable foodstuff that one can think of – a very large proportion of the combined global protein production for human nutrition is derived from soybeans.
Very young, small green soybeans are a delicacy. They are sometimes available fresh in Asian food stores, but in some places frozen ones of an acceptable quality can be found more readily.
Edamame are eaten as a snack or as a side dish. The cooked beans are served in a bowl or on a plate and are eaten with the fingers. Only the bean itself is eaten – put the shell in your mouth and then gently push out the beans. Usually there are one to three of them in an edamame pod. They taste best when they are still slightly warm, but they can easily be eaten in between the various dishes during the meal, even if they have grown a little cold.
This might all sound somewhat unsophisticated – but just try them; they are delicious!
Immerse the frozen edamame in lots of boiling water and cook them for only a brief time, one minute at most. Fresh beans should be boiled just a little longer, for two to three minutes. They should be cooked through but should still be crisp. Drain the beans and rinse them quickly in cold, running water. Before the beans have a chance to dry completely, toss them with a little coarse salt.