Edamame (えだまめ 枝豆) means “beans on a branch”. The name is referring to soy beans that are young and are still hanging on a branch.

Popular finger food in Japan

Edamame is a young soy bean that is soft and green. Mature soy beans are hard and used for ingredients to make Tofu and Soy Milk.

Edamame is healthy and is low in calories, high in protein, calcium, iron, and fiber.

They are normally prepared by soft boil and adding salt on top to add salty flavour.

A lot of Japanese people have this as an entree or a small snack (finger food) at Izakaya while having drinks. It can be served warm or cold.