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Aoyu Soybean

Aoyu Soybean

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90 days, determinate — The plants are compact, reach about twenty inches in height, with stems that abruptly terminate. Its small, pale-purple flowers produce pods that contain, on average, three large, dull green beans that have dark-brown eyes (hilums).

Because 'Aoyu' beans have a buttery, sweet flavor, they are perfect for edamame (pronounced "ed-uh-mah-may"). Edamame is a popular snack in Japan, served with beer, like Americans eat popcorn or peanuts. Because edamame has health benefits that other snack foods do not provide, it is becoming popular in the United States. According to USDA analysis, 'Aoyu' reportedly contains over 35% protein, and 20% oil by weight.

Originally collected on January 20, 1930 in Hokkaido, Japan and donated to the National Seed Storage Lab and was given USDA accession number PI 86021. Our seed originated from bean and potato collector and curator, Robert Lobitz. Grown here on the farm in Oregon, it has performed well in our varying weather patterns over the years. From hot and dry to cool and wet, 'Aoyu' has thrived and produced. Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds. There are approximately 58 seeds in 0.5 ounce.
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Planting Instructions: Soybeans are a tender plant and should be sown after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Planting them at about the same time as corn is a good rule.

Sow seeds about one inch deep, three to four inches apart. Although you can plant in rows, they can be planted densely and allowed to form a canopy. This will help control weed growth. Soybeans are tolerant of drought and poor soil since they fix nitrogen. They will, however, benefit from fertile soil.

Soybean flowers are perfect (self-fertile) and cross pollination is almost non-existent, making saving seed easy. Allow pods to fully develop and dry on the plants.