Edamame are immature, green soybeans. They are commonly sold precooked in the pod, though they are also available, also precooked, shelled. Not all soybean varieties may be consumed in their immature form.
Compared to mature soybeans, edamame has fewer calories but also fewer micronutrients. They are a source of potassium, fiber, protein, iron, and magnesium. See also: soy
Common to Japanese cuisine. Frozen in-pod or shelled. Some specialty bean dips and hummuses.