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PlantFiles: Edamame, Edible Soy Bean
Glycine max 'Tohya'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Glycine (gly-SEE-nee) (Info)
Species: max (maks) (Info)
Cultivar: Tohya

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluekat76 On Aug 27, 2006, bluekat76 from Ijamsville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

We love edamame and this is a good one. Nice plump pods. We pull the whole plant and strip the beans all at once then blanch and freeze. Defrost, add to salted boiling water for a couple of minutes, drain, sprinkle with sea salt and suck out of the pods!

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 31, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Garden Guides,offers this description: "Edamame means 'beans on a branch' and has quickly become one of our favorite vegetables. They are 40% protein (11 grams in 1/2 cup of cooked beans) and are also high in vitamins A & B, calcium, iron, and dietary fiber. These beans are known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. To top this off, they taste incredible. Tohya is a short season variety, perfect for growing anywhere in North America. This is the most popular variety in Japan." (80 day)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ijamsville, Maryland

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