Edamame is the Japanese name for immature soybeans that are boiled or steamed, seasoned with salt, and served in the pod. People eat edamame hot or cold and usually do not eat the pod.
Edamame is served as an appetizer at many Japanese restaurants. Edamame is a healthful snack that contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete-protein food. A one-cup serving of edamame provides 12 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrate, 130 calories and around 6 grams of dietary fiber. The beans inside the edamame pod are a significant source of folate, niacin, thiamine and other B-complex vitamins. Edamame also contains vitamins C and K. Edamame beans provide calcium, potassium and phosphorus.