From Furry to Flavorful

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Big points to anyone who can identify this vegetable.

Here’s a hint: the Japanese translation is “Beans on Branches.”

What? You still can’t guess? Well, you are in good company. Two weeks ago, my friend Lisa and I met at the town farm to pick up our weekly CSA produce share, and this furry mess of green stalks was sticking out of the top of our boxes. Lisa, who knows more about veggies than anyone I know, was momentarily stumped. I was completely clueless.

Turns out, these are edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh), or fresh soybeans. Lisa figured it out by plucking one of the green fuzzy pods from the stalk,