Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Do You Know What This Is?


Well, do you?

It's edamame! All fresh and still dirty from my CSA. As someone who has only seen this shelled and frozen in a bag at my grocery store, this was quite they eye opener. First of all, they are kind of hairy. Who knew?? Second of all, I all ready knew that I liked them, but OMG! Fresh, they are amazing. I was reading somewhere that they are a favorite bar snack in Japan. They like them with a little salt and a beer. Think about that. What is our favorite bar snack? Buffalo chicken wings, fried pork rings, chips...I don't know. But whatever it is, it is certainly not good for you like edamame. They are so easy and so yummy. To eat, you kind of place the pod between your teeth and strip out the seeds, or you could just pop open the pod with your fingers and toss them in your mouth. But be warned, these are completely addictive. I didn't get any pictures of them cooked, we ate them too quick!


Bunch of fresh edamame (or frozen)
sea salt flakes

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender.

Drain well, sprinkle with salt flakes to taste, and toss together.


Marjie said...

Amazing! Looks like strange green beans, doesn't it?

Paula said...

I've only seen them shelled! Um, maybe I could have them AND the buffalo wings! :-)

Natashya said...

Oh good! I did buy a bag of edamame but it has been sitting in the freezer waiting for me to figure out what to do with it.
I had it this way at a friend's cottage and it was sooo good.

And the brine? I save the liquids from many jarred foods for breads, also the whey from yogurt. It makes for good flavour, trust me!

noble pig said...

Funny becuase I rarely buy the shelled version and only the ones in the pod. It's like interactive eating sucking on the pod and getting the bean out. I love it.

Lisa said...

Edamame is the best - but I have never seen it fresh, only frozen. It is so easy and fun to eat - great for summer snacking!

Grace said...

finally, a recipe i can handle! :)
i love edamame. i love to say it, i love to type it, and i love to eat it. i didn't know it was so hairy though. :)

Kevin said...

I have never seen fresh edamame; just the frozen kind. I will have to keep an eye out for it.

Jenny said...

I think it should be showing up at our farmers market this week or next and I can't wait to grab some.

Dana said...

Love, love, love these! Not only do we grow our own now (OUR CSA introduced them to us a few years ago), but they taste so much better than the frozen kind. My 9 year old begs for these and claims them as his favorite food.

Kirsty Girl said...

I live in Japan and edamame is my favorite bar food. They also taste great in bread or rice.