My friend Clair and I have a favorite restaurant that we visit every so often. It serves the best Asian cuisine and as an appetizer they serve edamame. With my thick southern accent, I find this delicious plate very hard to pronounce. I always think I am saying “ay-duh-MAH-may”, the correct pronunciation. However it must come far from it because Clair and the waitress always giggle as I struggle to get the word out.
Edamame, whether you can or can't pronounce it, is a dish of immature soybeans served in the pod. The pods are either steamed or boiled. This is a really cool and interesting crop to add to your garden, as it is fast growing and loves our climate.
Edamame does well in pots or sown directly into the grown. It is very important to have the correct soil, as with any crop. If planting in a pot, I like to use Sungrow Fafard 3B Mix along with Black Cow organic compost. You can also use this mixture, if planting directly into the ground. Add in some plain old yard sand to the mixture to ensure proper drainage.