Food for Thought: Okra

Raw Okra

What is Okra?

Okra, also known as lady’s fingers or gumbo in certain regions, is a flowering plant in the mallow family (along with cotton and cacao). The plant is synonymous with its edible green seed pods. It thrives in warm climates, making it a favorite in many Southern recipes.

The pods slightly resemble jalapeno peppers, with a tubular shape and small white seeds inside. The juice of okra can result in a slimy mouthfeel, making many people adverse to trying the vegetable – but when prepared properly, okra is delicious and nutritious!

Why should I eat Okra?

Okra has many health benefits, including high fiber and vitamin C content. It is also said to improve digestion and vision, boost immunity, and lower blood pressure. It’s a great source for many other vitamins and minerals – all while being low in calories.

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How do I cook with Okra?

Okra can be consumed in a variety of ways! It is most often used in gumbo recipes, but can also be fried, oven-roasted, stewed, or pickled. Okra can be eaten raw but can be difficult to chew due to its rough texture, so it’s best to cook it before consuming.

We like our okra fried or blistered & spiced!

Learn how to make quick pickled okra or Gumbo Bell Peppers with okra and other seasonal vegetables!

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