Thursday, May 8, 2014

Heirloom Edamame Fuuki 枝豆富貴

 One of the edamame (soybean) varieties that we have been growing repeatedly in our garden is 'Fuuki' (富貴).  Fuuki plants has white fur on its stems and bean pods as clearly seen in the first photo. Fuuki grows very easy in our tropical garden with not much attention given, love basking in full sun and relying on rain water only. They don't need to be watered everyday, they can thrive even 3 days without any shower from the rain. The seeds don't need much water to germinate, too much water only makes the seed rot. Don't soak the seeds in water overnight. Alternate days watering is already sufficient for germination with natural light. 
 Soybeen seedlings are more resistance to tiny critters compared to French bean or yard-long bean. I have grown several group of the edible beans closely together and observed that the pest will have a feast on the yard-long bean or French bean which left the other edible beans like soy bean and others safe. The Yard-long bean leaves are edible perhaps more palatable to the critters compared other. If you are growing your food organically, you can use the yard-long bean to be sacrifice so the other edible beans will be yours. Not to be confuse, the soy bean seedling example is circle with orange, the weed can be very persistent when the rain comes often. We need to cage them as not to be stampede by geese and ducks.
 The Fuuki edamame flower is white and shape like a smaller version of pea flower. They are cousins after all. Fuuki edamame grows very fast usually in a month or so, the plant has already started to produce flowers. It actually takes only about 60 days from sowing to harvest. Good and fun for beginners as they are easy to grow.
 The forming of the first batch of the bean pod. Don't worry it will still continuously produce flowers. Usually a single plants can produce at least 10 bean pods. But they only have a short life, less than 100days after all the pods produced mature, they will decline.
 By the time the first batch of bean pods has gone fatter enough with the seeds inside are visible I started to harvest them. Leaving the younger ones to continue growing and fully matured for seeds-saving. The kids like to eat them as snack just boil with a bit of salt and the tender beans inside the pod taste very healthy delicious. It is quite challenging to leave some for seeds as it is so tempting not to harvest them all. We only have enough to repeat the cycle again and again. Sometime not enough for consumption that we only have the chance to save some seeds if nature does not permit it. Growing soy bean is not that difficult, safer to eat when you know it is not a GMO seeds. 
Ferocious Fan of Edamame.

23 comments:

marinahunny said...

1st i saw the soybean tree. It remind me of sengkuang tree that my atok used to plant when i was little

lronglim said...

Funny I have not had much success with eda mame so far... yours look pretty good, I must say...

Sue Garrett said...

Something I have never grown or eaten

Dani P. said...

A new plant for me too :) I love the last photo !

Stephanie said...

Tasty snacks! I like!! And wow so many bean pods on the little plant. I am impressed. Your boys will get some delicious seeds to eat soon... ;-)

Jay said...

Dear Diana,

I too love the last picture. They are so cute when they are sleeping!

The Edamame look good too! (=

-Jay

Kelli said...

Good to see you back blogging. The plants all look interesting. The babies look very peaceful sleeping.

Endah Murniyati said...

Your edamames look so healthy. It must be a delicious and healthy snack!

olive said...

oh...edamames flower is white in color ya..i remembered i grow soya bean plant when i was small, n the flower was purple in color. Thanks!

helentea said...

Bestnye.. sy dr dulu teringin nk tanam edamame.. tp xtau nk bli benih kat mane..

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The kids all tuckered out are cute!
Never have tried to grow soy beans in the home garden. Farmers here grow large fields of them. Very interesting plants.

paridah said...

rajin bercucuk tanam..bagus tu..

Sunray Gardens said...

Nice healthy start for your veggie gardens. Adorable photo of the kids.
Cher Sunray Gardens

thenovicegardener said...

We love edamame! I did grow them once, but I didn't get fat pods like the ones from the store. Still, they were tasty. I might give them another try. Your children are adorable!

rainfield61 said...

This maybe one of those we can try in our garden.

So good, needs very less attention.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Diana,
I once grew edamame, and the seedlings died. I would have to try again.
Adorable edamame fans!

Malar said...

I love edamame too! I never thought it can be grown here! Your kids are so cute! They really can get along?

de engineur said...

your sayur-sayuran look green and healthy!

Wendy said...

all your little beans are so darling - espeically the little human ones!!!

chia said...

Lovely and fruitful garden you have over there! It's really an inspiration to me as I just recently moved home and want to start up a nice garden at my parents' house. They have mostly ornamental plants and their veg/herb plot looks really miserable as that area doesn't get enough sun. May I know, where do you source your heirloom plants/seeds? I noticed mostly F1 seeds on sale, and not all nurseries label their plants well... Thanks!!

azime osman @ saimon said...

Hi..is there anyone got this seeds.. sell it to me..

Michelle Marie said...

Hi!

I've been looking for edamame seeds. Do you know where I might get them in KL or Selangor?

I've checked with nurserys and they don't sell them.

Thank you,
Marie

Waileng Tan said...

Hello from Penang, may I know where I can get these edamame sees? I couldn't find edamame, only frozen ones from the supermarkets.