Many people believe Soybeans are high-maintenance and difficult to grow. Yes, they might need just a little more care and attention than your average crop, but meeting their needs will grant you an abundant yield!
Soybeans have been around for thousands and thousands of years. The plant’s botanical name is Glycine max, but it is more commonly known as either Soybean or Edamame. Native to East Asia, this legume is believed to have originated in China many, many years ago. In Chinese cuisine, Soy is abundant in traditional recipes, such as tofu, soy sauce, soy milk, and bean pastes. Nowadays, it’s considered one of the most crucial plant foods in the world, as it provides abundant plant-based protein for humans, and over 70 percent of the harvested crop is fed to livestock.
Glycine max can reach up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) in height, and a single plant can produce up to 60 pods per growing season. Each pod contains 3-4 beans that can be eaten or used to grow new plants. Soybeans are annual plants, meaning you’ll need to sow new seeds yearly for continuous harvest. However, as the plant produces many seeds each growing season, this is easy!