Friday, August 29, 2008

CSA Week 12

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.


Pusher said...

I love edamame. I wanted to grow some except I fear the scorn of Temp's dad. (Not really — have just been told that, much like sweet corn, if you only have a small plot it's not really worth it.) I hope you enjoy! These CSA boxes look better and better every week.

Happy Veggie said...

I love edamame too. That stuff is the bestest.

DiploWhat said...

Eat it all the time. In the winter, I recommend Trader Joes frozen bags. Take our however much you want & steam (or boil). No need to add salt.