Edamame are green soybeans which are rich in calcium, iron, zinc, and many of the B vitamins, with a 1/2 cup serving containing about 11g of protein.
I like to boil the edamame in salted water then serve them sprinkled with additional coarse salt. The edamame in pods are eaten by holding the tip of the pod and squeezing the beans out of the pods with your fingers while simultaneously pulling them into your mouth with some of the salt. The pods are not edible, only the beans are eaten.
This is the perfect snack, and as is customary in Japan, goes quite well with a cold beer.