Best Variety of Edamame??

rosedude(z9 NorCal)April 13, 2009

I'm planning to grow edamame in my garden this year. What's the best variety to grow?? I'm looking for the most productive AND best tasting variety... if that's possible. I'm in California - hot, sunny and dry.

Thanks very much.

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without doubt, black or brown bean variety.

Much sweater, nuttier and plainly simply tasty. I'm a Japanese I know my edamame, thank you very much ;)

I used to live in nor-cal, Kitazawa seed in oakland carries a lot of great asian greens

this edamame is good but alas 150days! You have a long growing season so it's not a problem.

I buy edamame seeds from Japan. they have a lot of varieties and more improved ones. Even blackbeaned edamame is improved enough, you can harvest in 75days. If you want some, I can order one for you together with mine in couple of months.

for instance, take look at the link below (you can see the pictures) to see how many varieties they carry.

Edamame is not really high yield compare to like climbing peas. But fresh ones are so tasty compare to frozen ones.

Japanese link below

Here is a link that might be useful: japanese emamame (web store, in Japanese)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2009 at 1:31PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Arizsun, you are just the person I have been hoping to meet here. :-)

I am very interested in soybeans, including those grown for edamame. I collect them, and already have several cultivars from Sakate (Oosodefuri, Shirofumi, Hatsutaka, Tengamine, Sapporo Midori) all of which are green seeded. So far, I am very impressed with Sakate's varieties, since all the ones I have tried will mature here in time for me to collect dry seed.

There are quite a few black, brown, gray, or bi-colored soybeans in my collection, but few of them are good as edamame. Mostly this is because of their small size. It's really too bad, since several of them are over 50% protein. Probably better suited for tofu or fermented soybean products.

The larger black soybeans I've tried so far seem to require more time to ripen than the others, so I'm not sure how many are suitable for my location... but I would like to try those with faster maturity. The large green and yellow types I grow are earlier, which is why I grow so many of them. The brown types I have are even faster, but their seed size is small... if there are large-seeded brown soybeans, I am very interested in trying them also.

Because I save my own seed and have a short growing season, any soybeans I grow must dry completely within 120-130 days or less.

I would really like to make arrangements to order seed through you. You don't enable email, so I hope you will contact me through the email link on my Gardenweb Member Page.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 2:59AM
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zeedman: I sent you an email through gardenweb. if you have not received it yet, send me an email. I enabled it on "my page"

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 11:59PM
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I have a question about edamame vs. regular farm raised soybeans. Are they the same?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 2:45PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Edamame is bred for large size, among other attributes, with makes them desirable for fresh eating.

Regular soy beans, which are processed in bulk, don't need to be large. For that purpose, yield per acre is more important and they exceed edamame type beans in yield.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 3:43PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Arizsun, I've already emailed you.

Ditto on Jimster's comments. Edamame soybeans have tender skin, large seed size, and good flavor. Their yield, however, is not as high as field soybeans; there seems to be a trade-off between seed size & yield.

For their part, field soybeans can have much higher protein content, some over 50% of dry weight. Edamame soybeans average 40% protein dry weight, and just under 20% oil.

This is not to say that field soybeans can't be used for edamame - only that the results will be unpredictable, since they were not bred for that purpose. Field soybeans are better roasted as soynuts, or used to make tofu.

FYI... the vast majority of field soybeans grown in the U.S. are now GMO (genetically modified); so if that matters to you, then you might want to buy bulk soybeans from an organic source. Or grow your own - they are as easy as bush beans.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 12:34AM
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I am also interested in flavorful edamame varieties. I bought the black and brown varieties from Kitizawa and am ready to plant. I do think I will get edamame, but not sure if I have enough time left to mature the long season varieties. I also have Mooncake from a local edamame grower. Mooncake is supposed to grow up to 6 foot tall, so it is good for smothering weeds, and as a forage crop. The grower tells me it is a very sweet bean.

I would like to place an order with Sage Thymes heirloom seeds, as the have 50 soy varieties. I wish there was more information on each variety, though a few are mentioned as good edamame. The Japanese seed company linked above by Arizsun is very interesting, and I would very much like to grow the improved varieties. Unfortunately, I can't read Japanese and they don't have the site set up for English speaking customers.

Anyone out there finding good edamame that they can recommend?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 10:44AM
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