Edamame, Edible Soy Bean
Glycine max 'Beer Friend'

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

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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Foliage:

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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

Regional

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

Raleigh, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 6, 2010, mrstedger from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Purchased Beer Friend from Fedco seeds in 2009. I only wish I had the foresight to have saved some seeds rather than eating all the edamame up!

Most fuzzy pods had three beans, occasionally two, rarely one. They would grow on 2 feet high plants that usually had a dozen or so pods per stalk. If the plant was laden with pods clustered near the lower half it would lean. So I erected small bamboo supports on nearly a third of the plants that needed it.

I had half my crop in morning light with afternoon shade and rest in full sun, but did not notice a significant difference in production. After the spring plants peaked I sowed a second batch in August & harvested before the fall frost.

Very tasty with sea salt and worthy of space in the garden again... read more

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

This is a new variety introduced into the U.S. markets from Japan. This easy-to-grow variety produces lots of high quality and delicious Edamame soybeans, and is one of the most popular snack items in the beer party and Japanese restaurants.