Readings & Meanings:
Edamame is a standard snack to go with beer.
Skewer the marshmallow on the branch and roast it.
木, obviously, means wood. But 支 is a pictograph of a hand holding a bamboo branch. 支 itself means branch. Huh?
This kanji has an interesting etymology. Apparently, 支 began to take on many different meanings, like "support," "hold," etc., and was used in a lot of different kanji.
Therefore, 枝 was devised to hold 支's original meaning: branch. 枝 is a replacement character.
That's right, 枝豆 is edamame. When you buy edamame, think of these kanji.
枝豆 are soybeans, but are harvested when they are still green and soft.