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PlantFiles: Edamame, Vegetable Soybean
Glycine max 'Envy'

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

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JULIETABER On Jun 2, 2011, JULIETABER from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

I planted "Envy" at the end of March, was harvesting end of May. Most pods had 2 beans, some 1 or 3 beans. I planted a second batch in late April. Plants are very small, about the size of bush beans, I don't know if the plant is finished after the first flush or if it makes a second "batch". I'll have to wait and see. Taste is just like edamame that I have eaten elsewhere.

Positive sallyg On Feb 9, 2010, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew Envy, summer 2009, first time with edamame ever. It grew great with no special attention, in a spot with marginal full sun. I had a fine crop of pods, every bean was tasty, none got tough or starchy as I feared they would if I had left them too long. Maybe I was very lucky but probably this bean is forgiving of beginners. The beans taste like a green vegetable with a hint of peanut taste.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great short-season variety, and one of the earliest fresh-eating soybeans. 75-85 days

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 6, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The upright, 2' tall plants bear an early crop of bright green beans for "edamame", fresh shelling or drying. Developed by the late Prof. E. M. Meader, Univ. of New Hampshire. (75 day)


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

Jonesboro, Arkansas
Millersville, Maryland
Grand Rapids, Michigan (2 reports)
Laurel, Mississippi
Fort Worth, Texas

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