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Article: In Defense Of Okra: Growing, Preparing, And Preserving A Misunderstood Vegetable: A Way to Tolerate Okra?

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United States
(Zone 5b)

August 5, 2008
1:33 PM

Post #5371283

Thanks, Mel... good article although I am one who hates okra slime. I saw a mention on the dehydrating foods thread that dried okra is a delicious crunchy snack, and with your reminder about the nutritional value, I may have to try it.
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2008
5:26 PM

Post #5372456

hmmm. okra lover here, I'd love to try dried okra someday. sounds interesting.
Lanark Village, FL

August 11, 2008
2:36 PM

Post #5399100

What a great idea. Could be especially useful on a backpacking trip for crunchies and fiber. Have you tried the little pods raw?
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6945599

For several years I've been growing the red varieties and have found no mucilage in the pods at all. Maybe it's just the soil here - I don't know. The plants are pretty, too, with red stalks and pods. (The pods cook green, though.) I can't remember whether I've posted the recipe for okra fritters.


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6945610

Fresh raw okra is delightful and I've added it to salads on many occasions.

As for the red okra having less slime, I grew Red Burgundy last year and noticed no difference in the slime production with that variety.

It may be the variety or the conditions, or a combination of both that diminished the ooze.

Dry okra is a good munchie. Especially the tiny pods no bigger than the end of your thumb.
Pittsboro, NC

August 19, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6964764

Okra can be roasted in the oven around 400-450 degrees; toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. All the flavor, no slime. I also found a recipe from India which dry cooks the okra in a hot pan with spices for a while and then a little yogurt until the slime is gone - very tasty!


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6964821

Both of those suggestions are wonderful!

I'll be sure to try both.
Greenville, CA
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2010
10:58 PM

Post #7868797

Even though I tolerate the slime, my favorite Okra is canned by a company called Trappey's. I enjoy it cold right from the can or drained and put into a mixed salad. Remember that Okra is Arco spelled backwards (sorta) and both Arco and Okra give me gas. (Not as funny when read as said.)

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