Edamame is another name for soybeans. The health benefits of soybeans can be quite controversial depending on who you talk to. I include organic soybeans and products in my diet as a plant source of protein. Many are concerned about GMO soybeans and products. If this is a concern for you, select organic varieties, which have not been modified. Soy has been apart of many Asian cultures for centuries and has been related to having a lower risk of heart disease. Soybeans are a complete protein (meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids) and are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals (such as iron, potassium, manganese). They can be found in your local grocery store in the freezer, either shelled or unshelled. I buy both varieties depending on what I plan on doing with them. If you buy edamame in the shell they are delicious steamed and you can eat them out of the pod. If you buy them shelled they are easy to use in salads, casseroles, soups and beyond.
Edamame Fruit Salad
Makes 8 servings