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Boiled green fruit soybeans in the pod.
Course Appetizer, side dish
Main ingredients Soybeans
Cookbook:Edamame  Edamame

Edamame (枝豆?) /ˌɛdəˈmɑːm/ or edamame bean is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in the cuisine of China, Japan, Indonesia, Korea and Hawaii. The pods are boiled or steamed and served with salt.

Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants but it also has found popularity elsewhere as a healthy food item. In the United States it is sold packaged in frozen and refrigerated sections of grocery stores.


Edamame beans and a Japanese beer.

The Japanese name, edamame (枝豆?), is used commonly to refer to the dish.A It literally means, "stem bean" (eda = "branch" or "stem" + mame = "bean"), because the beans were often boiled while still attached to the stem. Edamame is a popular side dish at Japanese izakaya restaurants with local varieties being in demand, depending on the season.[citation needed] Salt is a typical condiment for edamame. In Japan, arajio is the preferred salt, because it is a natural sea salt. This coarse salt is wet with brine, thus loaded with marine and mineral flavors.[citation needed]


The earliest documented reference to the term "edamame" dates from the year 1275, when the Japanese monk Nichiren wrote a note thanking a parishioner for the gift of "edamame" he had left at the temple.[1] Edamame appeared in haikai verse in Japanese in the Edo period (1603 – 1868), with one example as early as 1638.[2] The earliest recorded usage in English of the word edamame is in 1951 in the journal Folklore Studies.[3] Edamame appeared as a new term in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003, and in the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2008.[4]


To effectively harvest edamame the pods should be picked by hand and not by machine to avoid stems and leaves.[5] Green soybeans in the pod are picked before they ripen in order to prepare edamame. The ends of the pod may be cut before boiling or steaming.

Then the pods are boiled in water, steamed, or microwaved. The most common preparation uses salt for taste. The salt may either be dissolved in the boiling water before introducing the soybean pods, or it may be added after the pods have been cooked. Fresh edamame should be blanched first before being frozen.[6]

Nutrient content[edit]

Edamame, frozen, prepared
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 509 kJ (122 kcal)
9.94 g
Sugars 2.18 g
Dietary fiber 5.2 g
5.2 g
10.88 g
Thiamine (B1)
0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
0.155 mg
Niacin (B3)
0.915 mg
0.395 mg
Vitamin B6
0.1 mg
Folate (B9)
311 μg
Vitamin C
6.1 mg
Vitamin E
0.68 mg
Vitamin K
26.8 μg
Trace metals
63 mg
2.27 mg
64 mg
1.024 mg
169 mg
436 mg
1.37 mg

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

The United States Department of Agriculture states that edamame beans are "a soybean that can be eaten fresh and are best known as a snack with a nutritional punch".[7]

Edamame and all preparations of soybeans are rich in carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, and micronutrients, particularly folates, manganese, and vitamin K (table).[8]

The balance of fatty acids in 100 grams of edamame is 361 mg of omega-3 fatty acids to 1794 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.[9]

Edamame beans contain higher levels of abscisic acid, sucrose, and protein than other types of soybeans,[citation needed] and may contain carotenoids.[10]


A.^ The Nihon Kokugo Daijiten records two regional name variants for the word edamame: rakkasei (落花生?) in Tottori Prefecture, and daizu (大豆?), the generic word for soybeans, in Wakayama Prefecture.[2]


  1. ^ History of Edamame, Green Vegetable Soybeans, and Vegetable-Type Soybeans (1275-2009)
  2. ^ a b "枝豆" [Edamame]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Edamame, n.". Oxford English dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. March 2012. LCCN 2002565560. OCLC 357047940. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Edamame". Jōhō chishiki imidas (in Japanese). Tōkyō: Shūeisha. 2012. OCLC 297351993. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://edamameusa.com/
  6. ^ National Center for Home Food Preservation | How Do I? Freeze. Nchfp.uga.edu. Retrieved on 2014-05-28.
  7. ^ USDA government article about edamame.
  8. ^ "Edamame nutrition profile (frozen, unprepared)". NutritionData. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Edamame nutrition profile (frozen, prepared)". NutritionData. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  10. ^ Simonne, A. H.; Smith, M.; Weaver, D. B.; Vail, T.; Barnes, S.; Wei, C. I. (2000). "Retention and Changes of Soy Isoflavones and Carotenoids in Immature Soybean Seeds (Edamame) during Processing". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 48 (12): 6061–9. doi:10.1021/jf000247f. PMID 11141271. 

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