Beans on Branches – Endamame

Enda what? Not many people have heard of Endamame.  I myself was just introduced to them through my CSA, this year, and am hooked.

Endamame from my CSA before I pick it for parboiling and freezing.

Endamame, meaning “beans on branches” is just a fancy name for fresh soy beans.   Containing all the amino acids required for human health, endamame is a great protein source for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, alike. A healthier alternative, they also provide a variety of minerals and vitamins without the cholesterol and saturated fat of meat.

Endamame is usually found in the grocery store frozen, either shelled or in the pod, and already pre-cooked (parboiled). The beans make a great snack, and taste pretty darn good too.  I just got some endamame from my CSA recently, and have enjoyed it tremendously.

According to WebMd this is what you will find in a half cup serving of shelled endamame (1 and 1/8 cups in the pod):

  • 120 calories
  • 9 grams fiber
  • 2.5 grams fat
  • 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 0.5 gram monounsaturated fat
  • 11 grams protein
  • 13 grams carbohydrate
  • 15 mg sodium
  • 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
  • 10% Daily Value for iron
  • 8% Daily Value for vitamin A
  • 4% Daily Value for calcium

Head over to your grocery store frozen section and enjoy!

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