Edamame: properties and how to cook

They look like unripe beans, and if you see them at the vegetable counter you don't buy them because you wouldn't know what to do with them.

In reality it is soy, a legume rich in proteins and with multiple health properties, if consumed in the right quantities and in a "non-GM" version.

In particular, those green beans are Edamame, or soy beans harvested before ripening and cooked (steamed).

Originally, especially in Japan, edamame beans were sold as street food still in their pod, directly from the newly cut branch of the plant. Edamame has multiple benefits and uses; here are the properties of the tree and how it is cooked.

Edamame: property

Considering that with regard to soy - and food in general - at the moment it is advisable to choose non-GMO products, the same also applies to edamame.

Having said this, edamame has a large number of beneficial properties:

> Improvement of intestinal transit, thanks to the high fiber content. Let's not forget to drink a lot, to grind the "passage" of the fibers.

> Car-vascular protection : thanks to isoflavones

> Support in menopausal disorders : thanks, again to isofavones, which have a structure similar to female estrogen hormones

> Control of cholesterol levels in the blood : soy does not contain cholesterol but has 85% unsaturated fat

> Protection from the effects of free radicals, thanks to antioxidant molecules

> Ideal for sportsmen and vegans, due to its high content of vegetable proteins: about 36 grams per 100

Edamame: how to cook

How to cook edamame to make it a tasty dish that is also appreciated by skeptics? Some tips:

> As an appetizer : the edamame pods are lightly boiled in salted water, then shelled, salted on the surface and eaten as an aperitif or snack. They remain very crunchy

> To season pasta or rice : steam the edamame beans quickly in their pod and add them to a tomato sauce

> In soups or soups : towards the end of cooking, add the edamame beans previously steamed in their pods and shelled. We will be able to complete with a handful of sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of EVO oil.

> In salad : after steaming and shelled the edamame beans, add two tablespoons to the salads.

We can make a vegan salad if we add tofu, sesame and sunflower seeds and a green salad to taste (maybe crunchy icebergs and dried tomatoes), or a vegetarian salad with feta and onions, or a salad with boiled shrimp, parsley and lettuce . We season with EVO oil.

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