Edamame (枝豆) is the Japanese name for immature soybeans and literally means “stem beans,” presumably because they were traditionally sold with the stems still attached.
What Does It Taste Like? Although edamame is the same soybean that makes tofu, it has more taste than the bland bean curd. It is faintly reminiscent of peas and is buttery with a hint of sweetness and nuttiness. The texture is firmer than a pea, however—soft, but with a bite.