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Edamame vs. Soybean: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on February 3, 2024
Edamame are young, green soybeans, often served in pods, while soybeans are mature beans used in various foods and oils.

Key Differences

Edamame is a term for young, green soybeans harvested before they ripen. Soybeans, on the other hand, are fully matured beans, often beige in color. While edamame is harvested when the beans are soft and edible, soybeans are harvested when they harden and dry.
Sawaira Riaz
Feb 03, 2024
Edamame is commonly served as a steamed or boiled snack, often in their pods, and is popular in East Asian cuisine. Soybeans have a broader range of uses, including the production of soy milk, tofu, soy sauce, and various meat substitutes.
Huma Saeed
Feb 03, 2024
Both edamame and soybeans are rich in protein, but edamame, being younger, has a slightly higher water content and is softer in texture. Soybeans, due to their mature state, are higher in calories and have a denser nutrient composition, including fats.
Sawaira Riaz
Feb 03, 2024
In many Asian cultures, edamame is a staple appetizer or snack, symbolizing simplicity and health. Soybeans have a more global presence, recognized for their versatility in food industries and for being a major source of vegetable oil and protein.
Aimie Carlson
Feb 03, 2024
Edamame is usually sold fresh or frozen, sometimes still in the pod. Soybeans are processed in various forms – whole, split, or ground into flour. They are integral to numerous processed foods and are available in many forms worldwide.
Janet White
Feb 03, 2024
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Comparison Chart

Stage of Harvest

Young, green beans
Mature, fully-grown beans
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Color

Bright green
Beige to light brown
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Texture

Soft, moist
Hard, dry
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Culinary Use

Eaten as a snack or appetizer
Used in a wide range of products like tofu, soy milk
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Nutritional Profile

Lower in calories, higher water content
Higher in calories, rich in fats and proteins
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Edamame and Soybean Definitions

Edamame

Edamame are immature soybeans, often eaten steamed.
We ordered a bowl of edamame as a healthy appetizer.
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Jan 14, 2024

Soybean

Soybean plants are cultivated worldwide for various uses.
The versatility of soybeans makes them essential in global agriculture.
Harlon Moss
Jan 14, 2024

Edamame

Edamame pods are a source of protein and fiber.
For my diet, I snack on edamame for its high protein content.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024

Soybean

Mature soybeans are often dried and processed.
Dried soybeans are ground into flour for baking.
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Jan 14, 2024

Edamame

Edamame is a popular snack in East Asian cuisine.
At the Japanese restaurant, edamame was served as a complimentary starter.
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Jan 14, 2024

Soybean

Soybean is a legume used in many food products.
Soybean oil is a common ingredient in salad dressings.
Huma Saeed
Jan 14, 2024

Edamame

Edamame is traditionally served salted and whole.
We enjoyed freshly steamed edamame with a sprinkle of sea salt.
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Jan 14, 2024

Soybean

Soybeans are a major source of protein and oil.
Farmers cultivate soybeans primarily for their protein-rich beans.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024

Edamame

Edamame, a young soybean, is harvested green.
The edamame in my garden are ready to be picked while they're still green.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 14, 2024

Soybean

Soybeans can be processed into milk, tofu, and flour.
Soybean milk is a popular dairy alternative for vegans.
Harlon Moss
Jan 14, 2024

Edamame

Fresh green soybeans boiled as a vegetable.
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Soybean

An annual leguminous plant (Glycine max) native to East Asia, widely cultivated for its seeds, which are used for food, as a source of oil, and as animal feed.
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Soybean

A seed of this plant.
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Soybean

A legume plant (Glycine max), commonly cultivated for human and animal consumption and as a nitrogen-fixing ground cover.
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Soybean

The edible seed of this plant.
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Soybean

An Asiatic leguminous herb (Glycine max, formerly Glycine Soja) the seeds of which (also called soy beans) are used in preparing the sauce called soy. Called also soya bean and soya.
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Soybean

The seeds of the Glycine max, which produce soybean oil; - called also soya bean.
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Soybean

A source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
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Soybean

Erect bushy hairy annual herb having trifoliate leaves and purple to pink flowers; extensively cultivated for food and forage and soil improvement but especially for its nutritious oil-rich seeds; native to Asia
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Soybean

Most highly proteinaceous vegetable crop known
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FAQs

Can you eat edamame raw?

No, edamame should be cooked (steamed or boiled) before eating.
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Feb 03, 2024

Is edamame a healthy snack?

Yes, edamame is high in protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.
Harlon Moss
Feb 03, 2024

Are soybeans and edamame the same plant?

Yes, they come from the same plant, but are harvested at different stages of growth.
Aimie Carlson
Feb 03, 2024

What is edamame?

Edamame are young, green soybeans typically served in their pods.
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Feb 03, 2024

What are the health benefits of soybeans?

Soybeans are rich in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, and may help in lowering cholesterol.
Janet White
Feb 03, 2024

Are soybeans a good source of protein for vegetarians?

Absolutely, soybeans are a key protein source for vegetarians and vegans.
Aimie Carlson
Feb 03, 2024

How is soybean used in cooking?

Soybeans are used in a variety of products, including tofu, soy milk, and soy sauce.
Huma Saeed
Feb 03, 2024

Are there different varieties of edamame?

Yes, there are several varieties, differing slightly in size and flavor.
Harlon Moss
Feb 03, 2024

How significant is soybean in global agriculture?

Very significant, as it's a major crop for protein and oil worldwide.
Janet White
Feb 03, 2024

How do you prepare edamame?

Edamame is usually boiled or steamed and often served with salt.
Janet White
Feb 03, 2024

Can soybean help in weight management?

Yes, its high protein content can aid in feeling full longer, assisting in weight control.
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Feb 03, 2024

Can edamame be included in a low-carb diet?

In moderation, as it contains carbohydrates but also high in protein and fiber.
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Feb 03, 2024

How should I store edamame?

Fresh edamame should be refrigerated and consumed quickly, while frozen can be stored longer.
Harlon Moss
Feb 03, 2024

Is soybean allergic reaction common?

Soy allergies are relatively common, especially in children, and can range from mild to severe.
Harlon Moss
Feb 03, 2024

Can edamame be used in cooking like soybeans?

Yes, but it's more commonly eaten as a snack or appetizer.
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Feb 03, 2024

Is edamame available all year round?

Fresh edamame is seasonal, but frozen edamame is available year-round.
Aimie Carlson
Feb 03, 2024

Are there genetically modified soybeans?

Yes, there are GMO varieties, mainly to increase yield and pest resistance.
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Feb 03, 2024

What are the main uses of soybean oil?

Soybean oil is commonly used in cooking, baking, and in the production of margarine and salad dressings.
Janet White
Feb 03, 2024

What are the environmental impacts of soybean farming?

Large-scale soybean farming can lead to deforestation and habitat loss, especially in sensitive regions.
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Feb 03, 2024

Is edamame suitable for all diets?

Generally, yes, but those with soy allergies should avoid it.
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Feb 03, 2024
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