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Bento Food: Edamame


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Edamame, literally "beans on branches," is the edible vegetable form of soybeans. They are surprisingly ordinary-looking, much like small pole bean pods. You can find bags of edamame, boiled and ready for consumption, in the frozen foods section of Asian groceries, and sometimes in the frozen or health food sections of regular grocery stores. In this form the seeds can be eaten as snacks. Just squeeze behind the seeds and they'll pop out of the pod. With a little practice you'll be able to do this without zinging them across the room.