85 days — 'Kenko' plants grow twenty-four to thirty inches tall developing pods that are bright green containing two to three beans each. The plants tend to be more upright in growth habit than other typical Japanese varieties. Although they are reportedly better adapted for growing in the middle latitude states, it performs moderately well for us here on our farm in Northern Oregon.
'Kenko' can be enjoyed fresh-shelled as edamame
(pronounced 'ed-uh-mah-may') at about 80 days. Edamame
is a popular snack in Japan, often served with beer. Because it has nutrition and health benefits that other common snack foods do not provide, it is becoming popular in the United States. Harvest for edamame
after the pods are fully filled and at the first hint that they are starting to turn yellow.
We do not know much about its history other than it began showing up in various university field trials in the late 1990s. In one consumer testing and descriptive analysis report, participants rated 'Kenko' pods and beans for their appearance, aroma, taste, texture, aftertaste, and overall acceptability. 'Kenko' was rated significantly sweeter, with a more desirable pod appearance and overall taste, than all other varieties.
Our original seed source was soy collector and preservationist, Chris Martin (CO MA C). Each packet contains 25 to 30 seeds.