[ ed-uh-mah-mey ]
/ ˌɛd əˈmɑ meɪ /
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plural noun
unripe, green soybeans that are steamed or boiled in their pods.
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Origin of edamame

1950-55; <Japanese eda branch, twig + mame beans

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What are edamame?

Edamame are unripe soybeans.

Edamame are soybeans that are picked while green and unripe and then steamed, boiled, or roasted in their pods. Each pod contains one to four beans.

Edamame is normally eaten as a side dish or appetizer in Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine. When eaten as a side dish, it’s usually served within the pod with a soy sauce or glaze. Generally you only eat the beans, not the pods. The pods aren’t poisonous, but they are hard to chew and don’t digest well.

Shelled edamame can be used in salads, poke bowls, noodle dishes, soups, and other dishes. 

Edamame is both singular and plural, meaning it can refer to each seed individually, a group of seeds, each pod, or a group of pods. 

Example: The first time I had edamame, I didn’t know you were supposed to take off the shells before eating them.

Where does edamame come from?

The first records of the term edamame in English come from around the 1950s. It is a borrowing from Japanese that combines the terms eda, meaning “twig,” and mame, meaning “beans.”

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How is edamame used in real life?

Edamame is a popular food common in Japanese cuisine. Edamame are often used in salads and in sushi dishes but are also often eaten on their own. 


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