Okra

(Green, Red)

Nutritional Information
Excellent source of folate and vitamin C. Good source of fiber.

What To Look For
Short, less than 3 inch long pods with a velvety feel. No bruises or discoloration.

Easy Storage and Preparation
Will keep up to 4 days if refrigerated. Rinse and remove stem end. To avoid a slimy texture, do not wash okra until ready to cook.

Best Uses
Add to Creole or Cajun-style soups, stews, and sauces to thicken and add flavor. Complements tomatoes, corn and peppers.

Recipes
Spicy Gumbo




Summer Fruits and Vegetables
Other Vegetables


Arugula
Avocados
Beans, Green
Beans
Beets
Collards
Corn
Cucumber

Eggplant
Garlic
Kohlrabi
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Peas, Sugar, Snap
Peppers

Potatoes
Shallots
Squash, Summer
Swiss chard
Tomatoes
Zucchini
see also:  Summer Fruit Guide
Fall Vegetable Guide | Fall Fruit Guide
Winter Vegetable Guide | Winter Fruit Guide
Spring Vegetable Guide | Spring Fruit Guide
 
related links:  FDA's Tips for Handling Fresh Produce



NOTE:
An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.

   Source: Copyright 2000 by Ellen Haas.
From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.
Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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