Edamame is young soybean pods plucked before full maturity. The pod are not meant to be consumed, so you must shell the edamame prior to use. These young soybeans appear similar to lima beans, but they have a firmer, chewier texture. Their flavor is nuttier and earthier, as well.
Edamame can be prepared in a variety of dishes or eaten straight. When shelled, they are often called mukimame.
Because edamame is harvested when the soybeans are still young, their nutritional value is separate from mature soybeans. Seasoned edamame have less calories per serving than mature soybeans.
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