‘Soy’ surprised about farm to truck cuisine

Imagine my delight to see edamame featured on the menu of a food truck. The Yellow Pear, Ontario’s first solar-powered gourmet food truck, is based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Plugging into the region’s bounty of fresh foods, owners and chefs Nicole and Jason Sawatsky, are keen on the flexitarian palate – light on protein, heavy on plants. Their whimsy is on display with their sandwich board:  a list of wholesome ingredients that ends with love.

Several Ontario farmers are now growing edamame which is harvested in late August to early September. So what was on The Yellow Pear’s menu is from last year’s crop, flash frozen to preserve the nutrients.

Edamame is an immature soybean, tasting like a cross between a lima bean and a pea. It’s chockfull of protein, 11 grams per 100 gram serving. It’s versatile — sprinkled with salt, added to rice, stir-fried, mixed with bean salad or pureed in a dip.

If you’re game for a new recipe, you can Google “Black bean-orange peel edamame.”  It was featured in the Toronto Star’s test kitchen two years ago.


Get trucking!