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Friday, March 27, 2009

Food Friday - Edamame

I always buy a pack of organic edamame for snack. It is fully cooked and ready to eat. I just microwave it for a couple of minutes before serving. My little tot also loves eating it. Eating is fun when I let him squeeze the soybeans into his mouth with his fingers. And sometimes I just squeeze the soybeans out of the pod in his bowl and he picks them.

Edamame is a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean, harvested at the peak of ripening right before it reaches the "hardening" time. The word Edamame means "Beans on Branches," and it grows in clusters on bushy branches. To retain the freshness and its natural flavor, it is parboiled and quick-frozen. In East Asia, the soybean has been used for over two thousand years as a major source of protein. Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are lightly boiled in salted water, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers.

(per 100 gms of Edible Portion)

CALORIES - 125.0
PROTEIN - 12.1
FAT - 3.6
ASH - 1.7
IRON - 2.7
SODIUM - 5.0
VITAMIN A - 130.0
VITAMIN U1 - 0.31
VITAMIN C - 40.0

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