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Edamame Dearest

I have proof that the universe is entirely random and sort of dumb. That proof takes the form of edamame, which are nearly identical to lima beans.

It seems unfair and more than a little discriminatory that, while lima beans are universally reviled, edamame are not. I Googled "I hate lima beans" and came up with over 97,000 results, most of which contained that phrase. A similar search for "I hate edamame" returned only 28,000 results, only the top 3 of which contained the actual phrase. They look, smell and taste the same (you don't need to tell me that they're entirely different plants - I know).

Frankly, I think that it's partly the name. "Edamame" has that cache of being Asian and therefore cool in some kind of "eating things that aren't really appetizing" way they have in The Land of Natto. Maybe if they called them "LEEma beans" instead of "LYEma beans" people might look a little more kindly on them. And they wouldn't mentally change the name to "slima beans." But still, Peru has nowhere near the cult following of Japan. A Google of "hot Inca babes" returns nothing relevant, whereas Googling "hot Asian babes" will likely cause your hard drive to melt and your monitor to explode.

Still, when I see people eating edamame at restaurants, I can only think that they're doing it because they're too uptight to do with them what you're supposed to do with lima beans and any lima-beanesque objects. Shove them up your sister's nose.


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Nov. 16th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
I like lima beans.

And edamame.

I think "edamame" is a cool word, cause it sounds like "eat a mommy."
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
You are a freak of nature. Lima beans are a punishment.

For whatever reason, my children make a distinction. They will eat edamame, but not lima beans. I wonder if they'd eat the edamame hot, like you'd eat lima beans.

I'm making myself nauseous.
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
I eat edamame hot or cold. They're just soybeans.

I won't eat them fermented, though. That's just nasty.

Lima beans can be eaten cold, too-- they go well in 3-bean salad.
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
Fruh. Eak.
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
edamame is yummy :)
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Me too.
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
i think most people who know lima beans have not heard of edamame.

When I was first introduced to edamame I thought they said auntie mame, and so I have called edamame aunti mame from that day forward :) I friends roll there eyes when I order auntie mame at chinese restaurants. :)
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
Just wait. One day, you're gonna get Rosalind Russell on a plate.

There are worse things.
Nov. 17th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Exact phrase searches
"I hate lima beans": 631 results.
"I hate edamame": 7 results.

Now that's impressive.
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
it's the texture of lima beans... edamame are firm, lima's a squishy and icky like tiny sacs of pus.
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Let's not forget the two times that you found worms in your edamame. Pus Schmus.
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Although the flavor is similar, lima beans are pastier and drier than edamame. Or perhaps they're just usually cooked wrong. (Along similar lines, I was stunned to find out that brussel sprouts are edible when halved and grilled with Mrs. Dash.)
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have friends who gobble up edemame like it's going out of style. Which it might be. But everytime I've tried it, I end up saying, "Blech!", if only mentally, and vowing never to try them again. Which is roughly the same reaction I have to lima beans, but there I am additionally scarred by the fact that my father used to call them "frog hearts."
Nov. 16th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Silly woman.

You have to drown edamame in salt. And maybe a dash of vinegar.

Oh, man. This whole post is making me crave soybeans!
Nov. 17th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
The whole edamame thing is reminding me of the big kombucha craze of a few years back. It just tells me that human beings are like rats and will eat anything, no matter how nasty.
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