Okra

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Okra

(OH-krah)

Okra is a tapered-shaped green vegetable, resembling a human finger in size, dimension and shape. Hence, “ladyfingers” is one of its common names.Its tube-like shape is related to its composition, in that it houses a slimy, transparent liquid that is emitted when cooked. This slimy liquid is often used as a thickener in soups, stews and gumbos. Typical in many southern dishes, “soul food” and Cajun cuisine alike, it is often fried in cornmeal, pickled, or fried and seasoned whole.

Names: Okra, Ochro, Ladyfingers, Quingombo, Quiabo, Bamia, Bamie, bhindi, bindi, gumbo, gombo.

Source: Mexico and the United States.

Handling: 45-50°F. Keep cool and dry.

Varieties: Annie Oakley, Blondy, Burgundy, Cajun Delight, Clemson Spineless, Emerald, Lee, North and South, Louisiana Green Velvet and Prelude (PVP), Hindu.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 4g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.