80 to 120 days, determinate — The plants grow two to three feet in height, are vigorous and productive. The pods fill with two to three large beans that are a rich, medium-brown color.
Although brown colored soybeans are uncommon in the United States, they are highly valued in Japan for their sweeter, nutty flavor. Although the dried beans are brown, they are dark green at the fresh eating stage.
The beans can be enjoyed either as a colorful and tasty edamame at about 80 days, or dried after about 120 days. Edamame is a popular snack in Japan, often served with beer. Because it has health benefits that other snacks do not provide, it is becoming popular in the United States. Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.
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.
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