Do you know what is the relationship between Soybean & Edamame? Both of them are the same species of legume. But do you know Edamame is actually Soybean too? Let’s check them out!
What is Soybean?
Soybean is known as soja bean or soya bean. It is a species of legume from eastern Asia. The soybean plant is covered with small hair including the pod. They are an important component of Asian diets and have been consumed of thousand years.
In Malaysia, we often consumed various soy products including tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, soybean oil and more. Other fermented soy foods including tempeh, miso, fermented bean paste also made from soybean.
What is Edamame?
Edamame is young soybeans, which usually they’re still in the pod. Yes, young soybeans. I repeat. These beans are young and green when they are picked, edamame soybeans are soft and edible. Edamame is not hard and dry like mature soybeans which used to make soy milk and tofu. You can see edamame served in the pod as a popular appetizer at most Japanese food restaurants such as Sushi King in Malaysia.
It is a great choice for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone wanting to eat healthy since it packed full of healthy and also low-fat soy protein. They are a healthy vegan snack and a great source of protein of vegetarians
Key Points about Edamame:
- Edamame is a young soybean that is harvested early
- It contains complete protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other key nutrients.
- It can be eaten alone as a tasty snack or put them in soups and other dishes.
- People who are allergic to soy products may not be able to eat edamame.
Nutrients of Soybean & Edamame
The difference between soybeans and edamame is in the level of maturity when the beans are harvested. Mature soybeans are a light cream color while edamame is harvested when the beans are still young, soft and green. Like a green tomato vs a red tomato, much of the nutritional value is lost when harvesting the soybeans at such a young stage of development.
In a nutshell, both edamame and soybeans have different nutritional values. even though both of them are just young and matured soybean.