In Japan, each season plays an important role in Japanese food culture.
The food we eat reminds us of the season we’re currently in.
Thanks to the advancement of agriculture around the world, ingredients are plentiful all-year round.
In Japan, “in season”, “旬(Shun)”is an important concept, which can be seen everywhere you go.
You’ll see “limited time only” posters and seasonal special menus
from fast food stores and high-end restaurants that serve season specific dishes.
So what’s the “Shun” in August?
It’s young soybeans in a pod.
Edamame is green, has a wonderful soft texture, and pushing
them through the pods is extremely satisfying.
Boil them in salt water, sprinkle some sea salt and eat the beans inside.
Similar to potato chips, once you eat one, you can’t stop!
It pairs perfectly with a cold beer during the summer as an Otsumami (appetizer).
You can buy them fresh or frozen in-store all year round or
find them at your local Japanese Izakaya.