Wondering about the edamame you’ve had at Japanese restaurants? If you like edamame or are wondering what is edamame, here’s what you need to know.
∴ What is Edamame?
Plus, edamame is naturally gluten-free and low calorie, contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. It is an especially important source of protein for those who follow a plant-based diet.
The beans are particularly popular in the East-Asian cuisine, especially in Japan, Korea, and China. These garden pea like bean pods quietly gaining popularity inside the USA as well as in some European counties recently.
TIPS: Vegetarian lover? Stop right now, edamame is for you! 100 g beans carry 110 calories and provide 10.25 g or 18% of daily recommended intake of protein.
∴ Some Awesome Health Benefits
Edamame, just like soybean, is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals.Did you say minerals? Yes, 100 g of fesh bens hold 26% DRI (daily recommended intake) of iron, 56% of magnesium, 36% of copper and 73% of manganese. Manganese used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
A picture of home grown Edamame plant on OiB:
OrganicFact shares with us a summary of the key health benefits of consuming Edamame.
∴ How to cook Edamame at Home
TheKitchn lists 5 different and very simple way to master the Edamame cuisine. I personally eat it raw here in Kuala Lumpur, usually in Japanese restaurant. Written this article, I am curious to know how Malaysian – beside the famous local samba and rice – incorporates Edamame in their own cooking tradition.
- Straight up, with salt – Did you know that edamame isn’t just a sushi restaurant appetizer? It’s easily made at home, too. We like to buy bags of frozen, steamed edamame in their pods and just warm it up. Peel and eat!
- With rice – Edamame beans, shelled from their pods, make a quick and delicious supper. Rice is absolutely everywhere in Asia, some of my workmates eat it for breakfast! Back in 2012, when I was intern in China, I even discovered the black rice (delicious btw).
- Stir-fried – You can do many things with those tender little green beans, once they’ve been slit out of their pods, and stir-frying is another great option. Throw into some leftover rice with an egg and quickly stir-fry until hot.
- In a bean salad – Edamame is also great in tossed bean salads, like this Three Bean Salad with cumin, garlic, lime juice, and black-eyed peas.
- Pureed in a dip – Here’s a great way to make a party dip that’s healthy but still full of lively and bright flavors: puree edamame beans with lemon, mint, and cheese into a great snack dip.
Do you have other ways you love to eat edamame? Share them here! Here, too, are a few more great posts on recipes: