Edamame is simply another word for the Japanese green soy bean, which you likely have seen in grocery stores. High in protein, these are very healthy and ideal in vegan recipes. It’s said to be the only vegetable that contains all 9 essential amino acids, so worth trying.
Elephantastic Vegan has a good basic recipe for this healthy snack. Just 3 ingredients (the beans, salt and chilli flakes). An ideal appetizer.
Known as ‘hairy beans’ due to their light down coating, these have been cultivated in Asia for hundreds of years,. They are picked before materity, and can also be used to make soy milk and tofu. In Japan, regular ‘happy hours’ often serve these alongside the drinks. Also eaten in China, Hawaii and Korea, they taste a bit like nutty snow peas, and are usually steamed or blanched. They can also be eaten raw or to use as a dip.
Edamame Dip (The First Mess) is a lovely 7 ingredient recipe made with mint, lime and spicy jalapeño. Very simple to make too. An ideal way to try this unusual bean.
Vegan Lemon Sauce with Edamame Pasta (The Vegan 8) is as lemon-loaded pasta sauce, and the beans give the dish a protein kick too. Includes a good kick of black pepper, the ideal combination with lemon.