What is Okra you ask? It’s an edible seed pod which can be used to make a variety of awesome recipes like fried Okra.
What Is Okra?
Okra is a green seed pod fruit which tastes like and is consumed as a vegetable. They are long, pointy, green spears which were originally harvested in Ethiopia. It can be cooked whole or cut into pieces. They can be grilled, fried, or sautéed. They are commonly included in soup and stew dishes; Fried Okra is also a popular appetizer and can be served with a dipping sauce like Buffalo Sauce or Vegan Ranch.
How To Cook Okra
While Okra is enjoyed by many, some avoid it because (if not cooked properly) it can be rather slimy due to the mucilage which is secreted during the cooking process. However, as mentioned, this wonderful ingredient can be used in soups and stews which will essentially hide the sliminess. In order to reduce this undesirable experience, many chefs tout the trick of soaking Okra in vinegar to dissolve the goop. Additionally, cooking the it over high heat will also do the trick; this makes frying it a great option.
What Does Okra Taste Like?
In my personal opinion, Okra tastes very similar to zucchini. However, some have also said that it has a flavor similar to that of eggplant. Essentially it has a nutty and earthy flavor.
Treat Okra as you would any perishable vegetable and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It can also be placed in ziplock bags and frozen for up to 6 months.
Where Can I Buy It?
Because Okra is not the most popular fruit on the market, it’s not always easy to find at your local grocery store. However, you will have the best luck if you look for it when it’s in season between the months of May and September. It should be slightly firm and have a deep green color.
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