Edamame, often referred to as green soybeans, are highly nutritious, and make a great appetizer/snack for plant-based diets thanks to their high protein levels – yes! about 15 per cent of the bean is protein.
Bring a pot of water or lightly salted water to boiling. Boil pods about 5 minutes. Do not overcook them or they will get mushy. Drain the beans; cool them under cold running water or immerse them in ice water to stop the cooking. To shell the beans, gently squeeze the pods with your fingers to release them. Or have fun putting the pods in your mouth and popping the beans out of their skins.
Sprinkle some sea salt and/or chilli powder for added flavour!
Fresh pods need to be chilled or they won’t enjoy a very long life. Simply keep them in a container in the fridge for a few days – or for long term storage they can be frozen for up to three months. If freezing beans from fresh, it is essential to blanch the whole pod, and then re-cook once thawed. Edamame beans can also be blanched, pickled in a vinegar and salt solution, and then kept bottled in sealed jars for even longer-term storage