While we harvested an abundance of some squash (i.e., tomatoes and squash), there were many others where we just had enough for enjoying fresh. For a couple of weeks over the summer, we feasted on delicious edamame — simply steamed in the pod, popped out, and lightly salted (optional). The flavor was so fresh, with a sweetness reminiscent of sweet corn, distinct from edamame I’ve eaten in the past.
Gabriel enjoyed it just as much as we did, and it was a great way to round out his meals.
While we had enough that we could have frozen a couple of bags, we opted to just enjoy it fresh, saving ourselves the work and reserving the freezer space for other produce.
A couple of weeks ago, I made a dish using frozen store-bought edamame (the same variety we’ve used in the past) and, wow, was it flavorless! We all had the same disappointed reaction, remembering the homegrown deliciousness.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of the page in Tippy-Toe Chick, GO!, one of Gabriel’s favorite books, where the chicks react to the news that they have to wait for chicken feed instead of eating “sweet itty-bitty beans and potato bugs” in the garden:
All three chicks said, “Bleck!” and frowned.
That’s how these three chicks feel about store-bought edamame these days. Even though it’s months away, we’re all eagerly awaiting next summer’s harvest.