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Edamame are soybeans, but are the young beans harvested at the early stage of development. Typically, soybeans are allowed to mature on the vine to form hard beans which can be easily harvested and stored. But they can also be picked at the peak of ripeness, right before they start to harden, quickly parboiled and frozen to retain their fresh flavor.
These soybeans are called edamame in Japan or mao dou in China. The beans are tender, soft, high in nutritional value, and they have a delicate flavor. As a general rule, a field of soybeans will be used to produce either shell beans or edamame, but not both.
Many people eat soy products as they are believed to be beneficial to health, for their protein, calcium, vitamin C, and as in the case of edamame, high fiber. There are many ways to enjoy this delicacy, from being hand snacks to processed in sweets and savories. Traditionally, they are eaten whole in the pod, lightly steamed or boiled. They may be shelled and added to salads, sandwiches, and soups. Cooked, they can be eaten hot or cold, seasoned with salt, soy sauce, and other ingredients.
What’s in edamame that makes it nutritious?
It’s a rich source of carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, omega fatty acids and several vitamins and minerals. A cup of edamame beans contains 189 calories. It contains 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than half of these provide fuel for tissues, while the remaining 8.1 grams come from dietary fiber that fights constipation and supports digestive health. The fiber makes up 32% of the recommended daily intake for women and 21% for men. It has 17 grams of protein to maintain the immune system and support lean muscle tissue. The 8 grams of fat provide energy.
Apart from its calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium, edamame is a rich source of manganese and copper. Manganese helps metabolize fats and carbohydrates, controls blood sugar levels and contributes to nervous system health. The 1.6 mg of manganese in one cup is 89% of daily need for women and 70% for men. The copper allows cells to make usable energy, boosts immune system and strengthens bones. Of course, there’s the essential vitamins, particularly folate and vitamin C.
Try Edamame at Sushi Hana 5 in Bothell
Just ask for your cup of edamame when you dine at Sushi Hana and you would have fulfilled more than your required daily requirement of nutrients. One cup might just be the boost you need for the day here in Bothell.