My hubby asked me "what on earth are you growing in this patch of ground?"
I replied "soy beans so I can try Edamame" which has been popular during the last year.
An old Masterchef contestant, Courtney Roulston was preparing a salad during a recent in-house cooking demonstration in our local hardware store and she had a bag of frozen edamame beans. Courtney said "You can't buy them here, but you can get them in Asian grocery stores".
Yes, this adds to the frustration of shopping in a rural area.
Here is the pretty soy bean plant, with the young pods proudly hanging in groups.
Each soy bean pod was roughly 5cm in length.
I picked them from the plant, rinsed them in a colander.
Bringing water to a rolling boil in a saucepan, I added 1 teaspoon salt.
Then dropped the beans in all at once, put on the lid, turned heat to medium low and
immediately put the timer on for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes I turned off the heat, and poured the edamame into a colander
and refreshed them by running cold water over the top.
Then I poured them into a pretty bowl and sprinkled them with plenty of freshly ground sea salt.
You eat them by popping the peas out of the pod directly into your mouth.
They have a unique taste, similar to a pea but with more flavour.
It is a satisfying action and very enjoyable.
Will I grow them again? Definitey as now I know what all of the fuss is about and
I did enjoy these fresh, wholesome Edamame.
Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx