In my Harvest Monday, August 19, 2013 post I mentioned that next year I will plant 2 different varieties of vegetable soybeans (a black and a green) to make side-by-side comparison for taste and texture at the young soybeans stage.
I do not have to wait until next year.
That Thursday, my garden friend Mary N of Mary’s Veggie Garden brought me a gift of young Tohya soybeans she just harvested from her Vassar farm garden so I could make a comparison now. I have such thoughtful friends.
It was good timing as I still had young black soybeans in the garden.
Left: Tohya Soybeans. Right: Black Soybeans
Top 2 rows: uncooked soy beans
Bottom 2 rows: cooked soy beans
To make proper comparison, I needed to cook both varieties in the same pot. In order to tell which is which, I chose, for the Tohya, the 3-beans pods and for the black, the 2-beans pods.
The verdict: The differences were very slight and I liked them both. Will definitely plant both varieties next year.
The Toyha had a more buttery texture and was a bit sweeter than the black. However that was not a true comparison as Mary’s soybeans were harvested at a less mature stage (the pods were filled out but still retained their bright green color and would be sweeter)compared to mine (my pods had started to show signs of yellowing). If I harvested mine while the pods were filled but still bright green, I believe the beans would have the same sweetness.
Johnny’s seed describes Toyha as: Early with delicious, buttery flavor and tender-firm texture.
Because Mary’s experience with toyha was positive, I am going to plant this variety next year.
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The photo below was posted on August 19, 2013.
The 3 stages of young black soybeans
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The photo below shows 3 stages of the black soybeans as they mature.
Left: pod is completely yellowed, beans are oval, soft and reddish brown
Center: pod is turning brown, beans are oval, soft and purple/black
Right: pod is dry, beans are round, hard and black
Placed the shelled beans from the above pods in a pot, covered with water, add a bit of salt and boiled for 7 minutes. The soft beans (from the left and center pods) had a creamy texture. The dried beans (from the right pods) were a bit hard in the center but still edible, which surprised me, as I thought for sure they would be rock hard. None of the beans had a strong soybean flavor, another surprise.
Will shell and save all the dried beans I have collected for planting next year.
Am going to devote a good portion of the garden to planting black soy beans next year so I can have a few pounds of soybeans (both young and dried) to experiment with.
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The following photo shows one day’s harvest, the best single day harvest. Shared with family and friends. Ate many as is. One day I overindulged and paid the price with a tummy ache. For a small fruit, they were packed with sweetness.
Not too many fruits left on the tree, may have another week of harvest. With summer coming to an end, doubt the many green ones on the tree will have time to ripen.
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My patriotic garden
This is the scene that greets me every time I go up and down the driveway
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