Monday, May 26, 2008

The "Wonder Veggie" (and related confusing price points)

Edamame, also referred to as the "wonder veggie" by major producer Seapoint Farms, is one delicious and nutritious vegetable. It's high in protein and fiber and low in carbs. Mmmmm soy beans!

These beans (usually incased in pods) are weird for sure, but something beyond their tasty yet "sin free" composition baffles me. 

I don't know about where you live, but at the grocery stores and farmers markets near my house, the ones in pods and the ones removed from their pods (pictured here) are priced exactly the same (usually about $2.99). 

The real weird thing is that these same-priced bags of edamame have precisely the same weights. That means that you pay for the pods (discarded after you remove the beans with your mouth) when you can get the pod-free ones for the same price.

Is this the price you put on the "fun" of removing the peas from the pods versus already having it done for you?


Mirabelle said...

how very interesting....

annabeck said...

i would pay for the pods. it is too much fun to pass up.

Mego said...

so julia and i were reading your blog. and she wondered, is soy a vegetable?