Green Soybeans (Edamame)

Edamame or Green Soybeans are tender when shelled.


Choose beans that are crisp and free from blemishes. Edamame is rarely sold fresh, but is available frozen all year.

  • Harvesting Timeline: Soybeans are typically ready for harvest about 12 weeks after planting, usually in late summer or autumn.
  • Edamame Beans:
    • Harvest when the pods are green and the bean shapes are visible inside.
    • Shell the beans before cooking or cook the whole pods and pop the beans out afterward.
  • Soybeans:
    • Let the pods fully develop to maximize bean size.
    • Dry the pods thoroughly in a covered, airy location.
    • Shell the beans from the pods before storing.


Soybeans should be stored in conditions where both temperature and humidity can be controlled. Ideal storage conditions involve:

  • Temperature: They should be kept in a cool place, ideally below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, to prolong their storage life.

  • Humidity: The storage area should have low humidity to prevent spoilage.

  • Containers: An airtight container is recommended to protect the soybeans from moisture and pests.

  • Light Exposure: Store soybeans away from direct sunlight to maintain oil quality and prevent heating, which can raise the moisture content.


A good source of vitamin A, calcium, and iron, low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol free.

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