Edamame is a preparation of baby soybeans in the pod commonly found in Japan, China, Hawaii, and Korea. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt, and served whole.
The Japanese name edamame is commonly used in some English-speaking countries to refer to the dish. The Japanese name literally means “twig bean” (eda = “twig” + mame = “bean”) and refers to young soybeans cropped with its twig. Edamame refers also its salt-boiled dish because of its prevalence.