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Soybeans

Soybeans

I've been growing and saving soybean seeds since 2004. If I'm not mistaken, our collection of heirloom soybeans is currently the largest commercially available in Canada.

Grown in Asia for thousands of years, and in North America for a few hundred. Soybeans are widely grown across Eastern Canada. But almost all of our region's soybean production is both genetically engineered and destined for animal feed. I think these delicious and easy to grow heirloom varieties deserve to be better known among gardeners and eaters. We'll keep on pushing to change that!

Green edamame varieties are best eaten in the fresh shelling stage. Just boil the plump pods for 2-3 minutes, and squeeze the beans out after they cool. Black, yellow and multi coloured soybeans are usually harvested fully mature and dry. They're delicious in baked beans or soups, or any other way you would use regular dry beans. It's these varieties you would want to use for making ferments or tofu. They're delicious in the fresh edamame stage as well.

-Growing Soybeans: Here at the farm I direct sow our soybeans late May or early June, the same time as our regular beans. You can treat them just as you would regular bush beans. They're more tolerant of drought and poor soil than regular beans, although they do best in full sun. The plants are self supporting and don't require staking. Watch for plump edamame pods in early August, and dry pods a few weeks later. Check out our Growing Guide for more info.

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  • Shirofumi Edamame Soy - Annapolis Seeds

    Shirofumi Soybean

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    One of my favourite edamame varieties. This mid-season edamame produces heavy yields of plump pods with three or four sweet, dark green seeds. This...

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  • Gaia Soybean - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada

    Gaia Soybean

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    Our own variety, bred on the farm - Gorgeous emerald green and black seeds when dry, and it’s as tender and tasty as any green edamame when eaten f...

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  • Hidatsa Soybean

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    Our earliest maturing edamame. Light green seeds produced on compact plants (18-24" tall). Along with Shirofumi it's one of my favourites for our p...

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  • Manitoba Brown Soybean

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    Rich brown soybean. Great as edamame when picked green or for baked beans and soups when allowed to fully mature. Early and dependable. 30-50 seeds...

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  • Hokkaido Black Soybean

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    Round black soybean. Great used dry in soups, or also eaten fresh for edamame. Quite rare. 30-50 seeds (12 g)One of the first seeds I ever saved, b...

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  • Grand Forks Soybean

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    An excellent buttery tasting edamame, and a fine dry soybean too. This Doukhobour heirloom from Grand Forks, BC is always among the earliest of our...

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  • Cha Kura Kake Soybean - Annapolis Seeds

    Cha Kura Kake Soybean

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    Large and productive brown and gold soybean. Slightly later than other varieties, but still matures consistently here in the Annapolis Valley. 30-5...

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  • Natto Soybean

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    Huge yields of small beige seeds. The ideal type for making natto, a cultured ferment. One of our heaviest yielding soybeans. 3' plants. 30-50 seed...

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  • Agate Soybean

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    Good yields of medium sized brown and gold soybeans. Very early, I'd say it's possibly our earliest soybean to dry in the field. Multi-purpose vari...

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  • Maple Glen Soybean

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    Among our earliest and most productive soybean varieties. Medium-sized beige seeds are produced 3 and frequently 4 to the pod. Developed at the Ott...

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  • Velvet Soybean

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    Back again! - Tall and productive plants up to 3’. Medium sized beige beans. Unique in that the whole plant (leaves, pods and stems) are covered in...

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  • Musan Soybean

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    New for 2023 - Beautiful beige and black striped seeds, with a distinctive black spot on their side. Great as a dry bean, equally good in the green...

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