About Edamame and Shallots

This week you will be getting edamame and shallots in your CSA share.
The word edamame means ‘on the bush’ or ‘twig plant’ according to different sources. It’s called that because when you get edamame fresh, that’s what you get. A bush. Ta Da!

Here ya go!!

edamame on the plant

Edamame is sort of unusual in that all the fruit on the plant ripens at once so it makes more sense, and more fun, to give the bush to you and you pull off the pods. So, that’s what you will be getting.
So bring a bag. :) You’ve been warned.

Wash the pods, and just steam them until they turn bright green.


Drain, salt, and enjoy. I like a little salt, lime juice, and red pepper flakes on edamame

lightly salted

Edited to add a little more information on 9/4/2017;

I was just at CSA pickup and there were a couple of comments about edamame.

  1. how do you store edamame?

Take the pods off the plant and store the pods in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for 5-7 days.

2. is it too hard or time consuming to take the pods off the plants?

Not at all. I harvested this bowl of edamame off my bunch in less than 5 minutes. I put the egg in the photo for size reference.



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You will also be getting shallots this week.


Shallots make me swoon. I love the mild flavor. There is no bitterness or hot bite like an onion or garlic. Shallots are lovely raw in salads or salad dressings because of the mild flavor they bring. Raw they have a pleasant crunch. Cooked they melt into the background of a dish only bringing a bulby allium background flavor to your dish with no texture.

Enjoy this weeks fun vegetables.

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