Home-Grown Edamame


My spouse, our cat (she LOVES edamame!), and I just finished sharing a small plate of fresh edamame aka soy beans harvested from the rooftop garden. This first harvest came from one plant grown in a medium-sized container. The variety name is ‘Toyha.’ To be honest the taste was not unlike the frozen beans I have cooked up at home or purchased in Japanese restaurants, yet they SEEMED exceptional given that we grew them ourselves and watched their progress with eagerness since I sowed the first batch of beans in mid-June. I will add that they were much better than the under-sized pods I purchased at the Farmer’s Market last summer.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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6 thoughts on “Home-Grown Edamame

  1. now those look like some tasty edda-mommies (as we call them)…scott’s coworker gave us some seeds he saved from last year, but none of them came up!

  2. Hi there, i’m a little crazy about edamame and can’t seem to get them anywhere but the Japanese restaurant at the gym I go to ( I live in the UAE), I have no idea if the seeds are available here. Can they be spouted?

  3. The frozen ones we’ve always bought have been from the states, but now there’s an ontario company making frozen edamame, and it tastes much better! I forget what it’s called, but karma co-op sells it – something like $1.50 a bag, too.

  4. Lexa: Frozen beans can not be sprouted however you can purchase seeds online. Just do a search in google for edamame. I bought a few varieties and one was purchased from West Coast Seeds.

  5. Hi Gayla
    Just picked up your book, which I’ve been wanting to get for ages, I read practically the whole thing last night. I’m so excited to get something of my own started. I know the summer is ending but I wanted to try starting some things, I was thinking of starting some dill which I could move indoor later and maybe some kind of leaf lettuce. Also interested in starting anything else that might work for this time of year- something that will get me excited to plan next year’s garden. I live in Toronto and have a very small deck with steps which gets minimal exposure to sun. Was hoping to get some organic seeds and soil, could you recommend a place in the west end. I just checked out a place on Queen West (parkdale) but it turn out it is now a vintage store, very disappointing.
    Look forward to your response, take care.

  6. Hey Christine,

    There are still lots of things you can start at this time of year in the Toronto area. You’ve got a bit more time to start snap beans (from bushing plants), lettuce and other green leafs like arugula, pansy, radish… Try Urban Harvest for seeds. She sells at the Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market on Thursdays.

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