Soybean is one of the most popular legumes produced worldwide and it is used in so many ways.
Tofu, soy milk, miso and soy sauce are all made from processing soybean seeds.
Soybeans could also be harvested earlier, while their pods are still green and fleshy. The beans within the pods are eaten while the shells are discarded as they are too fibrous.
The highly nutritious immature pods of soybean are known as edamame, and they can be eaten as a snack or used in various recipes.
However, if you are familiar with some of these edamame recipes, then you might know these immature soybeans by another name, “mukimame”.
Is edamame the same thing as mukimame? Well, they are but not exactly. The slight variation between edamame and mukimame comes from how they are presented.
The immature soybeans in a pod are known as edamame beans, while Mukimame is a name given to the shelled form of edemame beans.
Edamame beans are a common delicacy in Asia, and people all over the world are beginning to consume edamame more.
Compared to a lot of other beans, edamame beans are said to be more nutritious.
You may find these immature soybean sold as the unshelled variety or you may find the packaged pods in your grocery store.
- Edamame beans which are also known as vegetable soybean are podded.
- The shells are not edible, so after cooking the pods, the shells have to be separated from the beans and discarded, while only the beans are eaten.
- Mukimame is the individual seeds/bean without the shell of the pods.
- Muki means shelled, mame means beans.
- The pods could be shelled manually by squeezing the seed from the shell, or mechanically by making use of a machine known as a shelling machine.
Both the shelled and unshelled varieties may be gotten in the grocery store fresh or frozen.
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Edamame beans are valued for being highly nutritious.
They are known to be very high in fiber and are also a source of complete protein as they contain all the essential amino acids.
They also contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, calcium, iron zinc, folate, vitamin K, vitamin C and magnesium.