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assembly required. This could only happen in Japan - a tip of the hat to Jessica
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Last year we raised a bushel of edamemes. They are so easy to grow, preserve, prepare, and eat. When the pods are filled out to 80-90% we pick, wash, and blanch them; pat off extra moisture; put them into gallon freezer bags; and toss them into the chest freezer.
"Harvest edamame when the beans in the pod are 80-90% expanded or when the leaves have changed from bright green to a slight yellowish-green color. Handpick pods with at least two beans per pod and select pods which are only bright green in color. Avoid picking any yellowish or blemished pods. Wash pods to remove any soil. Pods can be refrigerated for up to a week or blanch them for 2-3 minutes in boiling water and freeze them loose in zip-locked bags for later eating throughout the winter."
Whenever we have a craving for sweets, we dump some frozen edamames into a pan, cover with water, boil a few minutes (not too long), drain off the hot water, and put the steaming pods onto our plates. They are so easy to eat and so tasty. Just pinch one side of a pod and pop the delicious morsels into your mouth. They look like peas but don't taste like peas; they are milder and sweeter than peas. And so good and good for us.
We just planted a fifty-foot row of edamames yesterday. They will be ready to harvest late summer. But we must be vigilant, because we are not the only ones who love edamames. Because edamames are so popular in Japan, Japanese beetles have also developed a taste for them. Two years ago they first invaded and I flicked them off the edamame plants into a can which had a bit of water and dish soap in the bottom. Works great. Last year their number increased tenfold, and the edamames were nearly overwhelmed. This year I expect another tenfold increase in Japanese beetles, and I will place a net over the entire row. I will also explore Japanese beetle traps, but I have my doubts about them.
Oh hell! Maybe I'll just eat some plastic edamames and save myself all the hassle.
May 15, 2012 at 07:49
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