What is Edamame?

While waiting for your meal at our Japanese restaurant in Lynnwood, why not order up a side of edamame to snack on? These boiled soybeans are a common appetizer in many Japanese establishments, popular not only for their taste but for their nutritional value as well.

What makes edamame special is that it is a “complete protein”, which is hard to find outside of a meat. This means that it features all nine essential amino acids. Edamame is the only vegetable that can boast this property, which explains why soy based products are a popular vegetarian alternative to meats. A half cup of edamame gives you over eleven grams of protein, as well as a healthy dose of calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, and several B vitamins.

Edamame is boiled while it is still in its shell, and frequently mixed with salt for flavor. Diners pop the bean out of its shell with their teeth and discard the inedible husk in the provided bowl. Try it out for yourself at Wild Wasabi.