Sunday, July 6, 2008

Whats in your garden? Part 2

Okra is in my garden and its great! It has a lot of good nutrients and tastes great (even if it is a little slimy). Here a just a few things I like about okra with a link for additional information and recipes.

1). Okra is a good source of the vitamins C and A, also the B complex vitamins, and the minerals iron and calcium. It is very low in calories, a good source of dietary fiber, and is fat-free.

2). Okra is a vegetable that can be stir-fried, boiled, micro-waved, steamed, baked, and grilled. It cooks in 3-6 minutes using most methods, approximately 10 minutes if cooked on the grill.

3). Okra is a self-pollinating crop and the seeds can be saved from one year's garden for the next.

4). Today okra is used commercially as a hidden ingredient: it is the mucilage in catsup that makes it so hard to get out of the bottle.

5). The seeds from okra can be dried, then roasted, and finally ground to make a coffee substitute (this was done during the civil war in the South).

6). Okra gumbo......accept no substitues! Gotta love it!!!!

Okay, here's the link for All About Okra (with recipes):

Stay above the water line!



Patricia said...

Good for you! I think we should all devote a post or two to our favorite vegetable friends and list links to more info. Great way to learn new stuff.

riverwalker said...
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riverwalker said...

To: patricia

Grow what you eat and eat what you grow!


gott_cha said...

here in the "carolinas" we call it okrie!! and its a staple!

riverwalker said...

To: gott_cha

Tastes good no matter what it's called!


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