Clemson Spineless, Silver Queen and Millionaire are some of the varieties you’ll come across at the market. Its color ranges from green to dark red. Okra may be homely, but it comes from the prettiest plant in the vegetable garden. It’s a member of the hibiscus family.
What to Look For
Firm, brightly colored pods that are no more than three inches long. Okra should have a velvety feel. Avoid pods with any bruises or discoloration.
Easy Storage & Preparation
Okra will keep for several days in the refrigerator. Rinse and remove the stem. Don’t wash okra until you’re ready to cook it or it will get a slimy texture.
Really fresh okra is so tender and delicate you can steam it like you would green beans. Okra is a key ingredient in gumbo and other Cajun dishes. Use okra in stews and sauces to thicken and add flavor. Okra can be pickled in vinegar brine. Try it fried with a spicy sauce for dipping.
Good Paired With
- Peppers, especially green bell peppers