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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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Gaia Soybean - Annapolis Seeds - Nova Scotia Canada
Gaia Soybean
Price: $3.00

Developed on-farm by Owen Bridge - Gorgeous emerald green and black seeds when dry, and it’s as tender and tasty as any green edamame when eaten fresh. Great dual purpose variety, and one of the earliest to mature. I’ve never seen another soybean with green and black seeds like this one.

A single plant of Gaia popped up in our garden in 2010, likely the result of a chance cross between a green edamame and a black soybean. I saved the seeds, and the following year every plant was amazingly consistent and stable. It's quickly become among my favourite seeds, we offered it for the first time in 2013. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by
Annapolis Seeds
Shirofumi Soybean
Shirofumi Soybean
Price: $3.00

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 is the main variety I grow for our own eating, I find it’s almost always among the most productive and it bears over an extended time for a more continuous harvest. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Hidatsa Soybean
Hidatsa Soybean
Price: $3.00

Our earliest maturing edamame. Light green seeds produced on compact plants. Along with Shirofumi it's one of the varieties I grow lots of for our own food. Not quite as productive as Shirofumi, but significantly earlier, with slightly larger beans. The pods tend to mature all at once on the plants, which make it easy to pick lots for freezing. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Agate Soybean
Agate Soybean
Price: $3.00

Big yields of medium sized brown and gold soybeans. A good multi-purpose variety, delicious dry or as a fresh edamame. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Diekman Black Soybean
Diekman Black Soybean
Price: $3.00

A rare variety of black seeded soybean. Very productive and flavourful. Use them just as you would regular black beans. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Maple Glen Soybean
Maple Glen Soybean
Price: $3.00

Consistently our highest yielding beige soybean, the medium sized seeds are produced 3 and frequently 4 to the pod. A relatively modern variety developed in Ottawa. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

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Annapolis Seeds
Natto Soybean
Natto Soybean
Price: $3.00

Big yields of medium sized brown and gold soybeans. A good multi-purpose variety, delicious dry or as a fresh edamame. 50-80 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Cha Kura Kake Soybean
Cha Kura Kake Soybean
Price: $3.00

Large and productive brown and gold soybean. Slightly later than most other varieties, but still matures consistently here in Nictaux. 40-60 seeds (15 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Grand Forks Soybean
Grand Forks Soybean
Price: $3.00

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 varieties to mature. Two toned brown and gold seeds.

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
Hokkaido Black Soybean
Hokkaido Black Soybean
Price: $3.00

Round black soybean. Great used dry in soups, or also eaten fresh for edamame. Quite rare. 40-60 seeds (15 g)

One of the first seeds I ever saved, back in 2003!

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds