Edamame is a description used for immature soybeans still encased in their pods, sometimes attached to branches with broad and flat, dark green leaves. The pods are bright green, coated in a light fuzz, and are flexible, firmly attached to the bean creating a curved and lumpy shape. The pods are generally considered inedible as they have a tough and fibrous consistency. When the pods are removed, the large, oval beans are encased in a slippery coating and are dense with a chewy consistency. When cooked, Edamame has a soft but firm texture, and a green, nutty, slightly sweet, and grassy flavour.