Learned a little about edamame. The Japanese name literally means "twig bean" (eda = "twig" + mame= "bean") and refers to young soybeans.
They are actually soybeans, before they are fully ripe.
As far as nutrients go, edamame and all preparations of soybeans are rich in carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients, particularly folic acid, manganese and vitamin K (table).
For some reason I have never made edamame.
I love it, but I’ve never made it.
Until now that is. It’s so easy.
Place pods in a bowl.
Add a ¼ cup of water.
Cook in microwave (or steam on stove) for 4-6 minutes.
Drain and sprinkle lightly with salt.
In restaurants I have never noticed the little “hairs” on the pod.