I grew edamame in my garden for the first time this year. I'm always looking for plants that will grow well in a half wine barrel. This year I decided to try out edamame. I planted six edamame plants in the half-barrel. The results were delicious, albeit lean.
What I learned: I could definitely fit another 6-8 plants in the half barrel in order to get a worthy output. The plants grew easily and produced well. I got about 2 cups of edamame pods from the 6 plants (which is why I want to at least double the production next year).This is obviously a boutique plant for your garden. Unless you have lots of room, you're not going to get enough output to can or preserve for use throughout the year.
So…two cups of edamame, not much, but lessons learned. Now I know the edamame grows well, and the barrel can definitely take about 12 plants. For now, though, I am left with two cups of edamame. So of course I am going to do them up as a summer appetizer worthy of my Japantown neighborhood.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt to a pot of water and boil.
Meanwahile, rinse your edamame, then blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle edamame with salt.
Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add edamame to water. Boil for approximately 5 minutes.
Test one edamame to determine if it's ready. It should be firm but have give when you bite into it.
Pour contents through a strainer to drain the water. Salt edamame to taste.
If you prefer your edamame cold, cool it in a refrigerator for about an hour.