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Learn to Love: Okra

I'm in a vegetable rut. I keep buying all the same veggies and there are only so many different ways you can eat a carrot, you know? If you're feeling the same way, it's time to expand your garden horizons and try some new things from the produce department. If you've never tried okra, maybe I can persuade you to pick some up.

To find out the nutritional info of raw okra and how to use this veggie then


Okra is typically used in Southern, Creole, and Cajun dishes. It's low in calories like most veggies, and it's also a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. When buying okra look for pods that are green without any bruises. They should feel slightly tender but not soft and squishy. You should use it that day, or store it in a paper bag in your fridge for up to three days. Four-inch pods or smaller have the best flavor, and anything bigger will start to taste bitter.

If you've never used okra, let me just warn you that when you slice it, you'll notice that a weird slimy or sticky substance comes out. It's totally normally and actually makes this veggie perfect for thickening soups, casseroles, or sauces. You can also use it in stir-fries, BBQ it with other veggies in your grill basket, or you can eat it raw in your salad. It goes well with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and corn. Since this unique veggie has a mild flavor that's similar to eggplant, you can flavor it with just about anything. Try marinating it in salad dressing or lime juice and it's a great topping for hamburgers or veggie burgers. You can even pickle them like cucumbers. The possibilities are endless and okra just may become your new favorite thing.

Serving Size 8 raw pods (each 3 inches long)
Calories 29
Total Fat .1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 8mg
Carbs 6.7g
Fiber 3g
Sugar 1.1g
Protein 1.9g
Calcium 77mg
Potassium 287.8mg
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