Boiled Peanuts have been a staple snack food in south Georgia for centuries. Now fancy grocery stores nearby have Edamame as an exotic snack. What’s Edamame? Green boiled soybeans. Why have we not been boiling soybeans the same as peanuts? I don’t know. We didn’t boil peanuts nor soybeans in north Georgia; we roasted our peanuts -- we said ‘parched’ -- and left the soybeans to harvest and sell on the farm market for pressing for oil, usually.
Comparing soybeans to peanuts, there is about the same number of carbs; more protein in soy, more fat in peanuts. Recent studies indicate that soybeans might have some health benefits not yet verified.
I am not fond of boiled peanuts; I prefer parched. They are a fav of Lane and the grands. I haven’t eaten boiled soybeans, though I was tempted to go out and pick some to try. I think they may have passed the young green stage where they would be tastiest. Maybe next year.
I’d like to hear from those of you who eat Edamame.
Field of growing soybeans. Unlike peanuts, soybeans grow above ground like any other bean or pea.
Cherry had a post on Peanuts, Peanuts Everywhere last week, if you'd like to see freshly harvested peanuts. Harvesting peanuts hasn't started here yet, but soon.
A field of peanuts here.