Veggie of the Month: Edamame

What is Edamame?
Edamame means “beans on a branch” in Japanese. They are green soybeans that are a popular protein packed snack commonly eaten  in Japan.  They have a nutty, sweet flavor and slightly crunchy texture that kids crave. The most fun way to eat edamame is straight from the pod. You can suck the beans out like a vampire. Or you can squeeze the pods to pop the beans into your mouth. Either way, they're the ultimate finger food. 
What is Soy?

Edamame is made from soybeans. Basically it's boiled "baby" soybeans, picked while still tender and cooked just before they peak.

Soy nuts are created by soaking soybeans in water, then baking them until they have a nutty, crunchy consistency. and begin to turn hard.

Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the remaining curd into white blocks that can be firm or creamy.

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning ingredients made from fermented soy beans, salt and Koji, made from the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) Miso is a thick paste used for flavoring sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with soup stock called Miso Soup.

Veggie of the Month Resources for parents and teachers 



Download this edamame Coloring Page  









Try making Edamame Worms!

These are whimsical creations made with edamame and red pepper slices.  




Suggested reading


" Edamame & Edapapa" 

The greeniest, beaniest family you'll ever meet! 
Edamame and Edapapa meet their new "Baby Bean" in this adorable board book. With a bright, colorful illustration and a touch of clever rhyming, Edamae and Edapapa share the arrival of their newest and cutest family member. 






Edamame Mint Dip 




IMG_2594.jpg Edamame & Black Bean Salad  







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