I have a confession to make: I once ate a whole soybean pod!
While on Kauaʻi for two weeks I went to Roy’s, a restaurant that I had wanted to go to for a long time. I sat down, they took my order, and brought out a small bowl with some green pods in it. The pods were obviously seasoned and sprinkled and I had no idea what they were. So when the waiter went away I picked up one and bit into it. And chewed. And chewed. I chewed my way through the whole pod and I am convinced that that pod was closely related to coconut husk! I had to choke it down with a glass of water and a bourbon!
The only reason that this comes up is because today I went to Sam’s Club and saw a big bag of frozen Edamame with instructions that you nuke the bag, let it cool, rip open, and enjoy. I did all of that. The pod looked awfully familiar but I bit into it anyway. Well, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… there’s no way that I’m choking down that pod for a second time! That’s when I thought to split the pod open and take out the “big pea”-looking thing. I ate a bowl of them and loved them!
Education can be a costly and time-consuming process!