Legume of the month: Soybeans

Unlike many other common bean varieties, soybeans don't usually show up in canned or dried forms on super-market shelves. But other versions of this versatile legume can be found in many sections of well-stocked stores.

In the freezer section, for example, you can find packaged green soybeans, usually still in their pods (pictured above). Called edamame — a Japanese word meaning "stem beans" — they're commonly served as an appetizer in Asian restaurants. Squeeze the pods to pop out the bright green beans, which are good source of fiber and several vitamins, most notably B9 (folate) and K. Soybeans are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids.

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