New Soya Bean for the UK - is it Endamame?
I've ordered some soya beans from Tompson and Morgan in the UK. They're a variety called "Ustie" which apparently has been specially bread to suit the British climate. I bought them because I love Endamame, but there's a slightly worrying bit in the blurb at the end of the T&M description: "Important: Harvested beans must be boiled before eating (similar to Haricot/Dried Beans) to destroy inhibitors for protein ingestion." Does this mean I can't use them for Endamame or that boiling them in their pods for 5 minutes is sufficient?
From reading this forum it looks like there are several varieties of soya bean, only one of which is used for Endamame. Unfortunately Ustie is the only soya bean I've seen for sale in the UK so there's not a lot of choice! The full T&M description is: "A breeding breakthrough! Soya Beans specifically bred to suit the British climate. Plants are day length neutral and grow quicker as hotter weather commences. Flowers are insignificant but 100% self pollinating (no insects required). Soya plants are unusual because the leaves feed the pods, then the leaves fall off when the crop is ready, often leaving just brown stems with lots of hanging pods from late September. The pods remain weatherproof during the autumn, just pick as required. Alternatively shell all the beans and store in airtight containers. Soya is pest and disease free so ideal for organic gardeners. Please note: This variety is 100% GM free. Important: Harvested beans must be boiled before eating (similar to Haricot/Dried Beans) to destroy inhibitors for protein ingestion."
All thoughts/experiences gratefully received!
Here is a link that might be useful: T&M Ustie Soya Bean