What is the Difference between Edamame and Regular Field Soybeans?

Asked July 29, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

I have started using Edamame soybeans in Asian cooking. Is there a difference between Edamame soybeans and regular field soybeans? If so, what are the differences? Are field soybeans safe to eat?

Iowa

1 Response

Edamame is a nutritious food crop that is gaining popularity in the United States. Edamame (or edible soybeans) are from the same species as field soybeans but have been specially bred to produce larger seeds, sweeter flavor, creamier texture and easier digestability. Yes, field soybeans are safe to eat but will pale in comparison to Edamame in most respects.