Okra are bright green, slender pods that add versatility and nutrition to many dishes. They can be eaten raw, marinated in salads, deep fried or used in soups and stews. Buy online at BuyFruit.com.au.
Okra are bright green, slender pods that add versatility and nutrition to many dishes. The pods are tapered at one end with a cap on the other end. Inside, the white flesh and tender white seeds offer a mild, zucchini-like flavour and unique texture. Okra can be eaten raw, marinated in salads, deep fried or used in soups and stews. When cut and cooked, okra releases a gelatinous substance that is virtually flavourless and wonderful to use as a thickening agent.
Choose okra that is brightly coloured with no brown patches. The pods should be small and free from soft spots. Store okra in the crisper section of the fridge, wrapped in a paper bag, for three to four days.
Did you know? Okra is often included in the diets of people who are trying to lose weight due to the fact that it is fat free and cholesterol free. It is also high in fibre and antioxidants and contains potassium, vitamin C, calcium and folate. The mucilaginous properties of okra make it a perfect alternative to starch for thickening soups and stews since it will add nutrients without adding extra kilojoules.