- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
One long-DTM soybean (PI 427088 I) is still in the green stage, and is in a race against frost. That was 2012 seed that I had to start as transplants, so it will get whatever TLC it needs, even if that includes a tent & heater to survive the frost. Like the other soybean transplants this year, it has been surprisingly productive; and DD, who really loves edamame, asked me to cut a couple plants. This is not an edamame variety, and the seeds are rather small... but they are fat, often 4 in a pod, and 2 bushes yielded a big bowl full of pods. I steamed them for 6 minutes - and they are really good! A pleasant surprise, from a variety I'd almost given up on. This will make a great end-of-season edamame in the future.
the only soybeans i've found to be inedible are the oil type seeds that are sometimes planted around here which are used as oil and animal feed stock. i made the mistake once of planting some of them after gleaning them from the south field and then trying ot use those to make soymilk. ick. not good at all cooked up and used as a dry bean or for soymilk. luckily i didn't plant a large plot of them. after that i went to the health food store and they had baggies of organic soybeans for a few $ and i took those and planted them and ended up with 44lbs from a 6x6ft plot - i used those for years before finally feeding the last of them to the worms one late winter - buried deep enough they'll soak up moisture and then ferment and then the worms move in and feast. their version of natto i guess...