Video: How to Harvest Soybeans (Edamame)

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Video Length: 1:29
Produced by: Shot by: Danielle Sherry. Edited by: Cari Delahanty


Soybeans, or edamame, are widely known for their health benefits. They are also pretty tasty and often found on the menu at Japanese restaurants.

When you're harvesting soybeans, look toward the bottom of the plant first. The lower pods tend to ripen faster than the pods at the top. Ripe soybeans will appear large and plump in their shells, while immature soybeans will be thinner and flatter. If you compare a ripe soybean and an unripe one side-by-side, it'll be easy to see which ones are ready for eating.

Usually the whole plant will be ready for harvesting in about a week. But pick them pretty quickly--soybeans go from ready-to-eat to overripe in about ten days.

A favorite way to prepare soybeans is to steam them until the beans are tender (about 5 to 7 minutes), salt them, and eat them straight out of the shell. Just don't eat the shells!


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MOwealhtheow writes: Once the beans are harvested the plant is done, right? no point in leaving it as (unlike bush, runner beans)it won't continue bearing, is that right?
(they are harder to remove from the plant than I'd realised: 1st time soy-grower.)
Also, if I want to dry tro make my own tofu--should I wait longer than if going to steam as edamame?
Posted: 3:25 pm on August 9th
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