It's week 12 of our CSA and we've got several new things! Miniwatermelons, eggplants, and edamame. Now farm-girl-me knows edamame very well as soybeans, but not very well as the "common snack food" they are in Japan. According to our newsletter, "unlike soybeans grown for oil production, animal feed, and soy products like tofu, Edamame has been bred for fresh eating. They lack the enzymes that give other soy products that 'beany' taste, instead you get a somewhat nutty and sweet flavor."
So I guess we'll be boiling the beans in their pods in salted water for 3-5 minutes until tender, rinsing them under cold water, draining, and sprinkling with coarse salt. Then comes the part where the "seeds are then squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers." I don't know if you've had these before, but I haven't, so I'm looking forward to trying something new.
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