If you’re from the South, you may have grown up eating okra – fried, in a gumbo, stewed with tomatoes. The okra plant thrives in warmer climates – in fact, it is among the crops most resistant to heat and drought on the planet!
Okra, which is actually a fruit, is low in fat and high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It offers a slew of health benefits, including reducing stress and fatigue and helping fight diseases such as diabetes.
So, don’t dismiss okra just because of its characteristic sliminess. The glutinous substance, known as mucilage, that is produced when okra seed pods are cooked is a good source of fiber and can be used to purify water! But if you still don’t like that viscous quality, cooking okra with an acidic food, such as tomatoes, can help make it less slimy.
The following healthy okra recipe – submitted by a local restaurant – is sure to make you smile this summer.
Did You Know?
Okra seeds can be roasted and ground to be used as a caffeine-free replacement for coffee.