Soybeans, also called soya, is a type of legume that is native to East Asia. Soybeans are arguably the most important crop in Asian culture as it forms the foundation of myriad foods in every category ranging from staple foods to sauces to condiments. Soybeans are an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used in its most basic form as a vegetable, blended to make soy milk and then tofu, or fermented to create products such as soy sauce and natto.
Uses: Soak soybeans in water and let sit until hydrated. Use as desired for a variety of different recipes or simmer and use as a delicious and nutritious legume in soups or stews.