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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



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


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

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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


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)