~ Edame SOYBEAN Seed ~

Soybeans are delicious when shelled out young and tender and boiled , served with a little butter and salt, or put in soups, stews etc. It is the bean seeds you eat - 'edame' - not the pods.

Growing is pretty easy. You can grow them under cover and they yield earlier, but we have had good results outdoors too. Pretend you are growing bush french beans & you won’t go far wrong:

We start ours in small pots or modules to avoid mice eating the seeds or birds pulling them up as they sprout. Once a few inches tall plant out 10 inches apart with about 18 inches between rows. Let the pods dry until brittle on the plants and it’s pretty easy to get the seeds out. In bad weather you’ll need to cut the plants and bring into a garage or greenhouse to dry.

plant pictureGaia

A new short-season edame soybean with gorgeous emerald green and black seeds. A great dual purpose variety - as tender and tasty as any green edamame when cooked fresh, but also can be dried.

Bred from a single plant discovered by Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds in 2010, we have just a few packets this year. More next year!

small pack (rare!) of 45 seeds £

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~ Yard-Long Bean Seed ~

Yard-long Beans are an unusual bean species from the East that grows to a ridiculous length. The pods are cooked and eaten just like French Beans.

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Red Noodle (climbing)

We have a new variety for you to try: this rare red-coloured yard long bean from China. It is a bit earlier maturing than normal ( mid-season rather than late), so well worth trying in the UK.

Harvest when the beans are about a foot long, and still slender. You can leave them to get ridiculously huge but they then won't be so tender.

approx 50 seeds £

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plant pictureYou Fong Wong (climbing, trial variety)

A new green yard long bean from China to experiment with. We're trying thsi because it is reccomended as a particularly quick-maturing variety, but we're not certain when exactly it will flower in the UK climate. Let us know how it does for you.

Harvest when the beans are about a foot long, and still slender. You can leave them to get ridiculously huge but they then won't be so tender.

experimental, approx 50 seeds £

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plant pictureGreen Bush ( A dwarf Yard Long Bean!)

This could well be the silliest plant in our catalogue - a dwarf bush yard-long bean. So you get short bushes with silly 12" - 15" pods growing from it.

An early-maturing variety more suitable for the UK.

Harvest when the beans are still slender. You can leave them to get huge but they then won't be so tender.

ridiculous, approx 50 seeds £

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