It is important to harvest edamame at the right moment! The outside skin needs to have a bright green color while the seeds need to have grown to a satisfactory size. When the skin colour turns yellow and then beans turn black, it’s way too late!
Provided that you picked them at the right time, you have 2 options:
- Eat them straight away
- Store them in the freezer for future enjoyment
For either option you will first need to wash them thoroughly, cut off the edges (see picture) and then put them in boiling water for about 4 minutes in case you want to eat them straight away (just add some salt and you are done) or just about 3 minutes in case of long term storage.
You can use a normal plastic bag for storing them in the freezer and enjoying them in the future. Once you remove them from hibernation, you will need to put them again in booking water for 3 minutes. Bon appetit!