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Health Benefits | Fun Facts | Selection Tips | Availability | Storage | Recipes

For generations, okra has been a staple of traditional Southern cooking. This nutritious green vegetable arrived in the United States in the mid 1600s, and became an important part of the colonial diet. Its seeds were even used to brew a coffee substitute that was consumed by Southern Americans during the Civil War, when they could not obtain coffee beans. Today, it's still a part of essential home cooking to many people, but okra's unique flavors and nutritious goodness have made it an exciting addition to modern tables too.

Health Benefits
Every produce choice you make is a good one, but okra contains a unique combination of valuable nutrients. It's high in vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, and folic acid, which helps prevent neural tube defects in developing fetuses. A serving of okra contains only 25 calories, too, so if it's prepared in a low-fat recipe, it's an incredibly healthy addition to any meal.

Fun Facts

  • Okra goes by many names around the world, including Ochro, Okoro, Quimgombo, Quingumbo, Ladies Fingers, Gombo, Kopi Arab, Kacang Bendi, Bhindi (S. Asia), Bendi (Malaysia), Bamia, Bamya or Bamieh (Middle East) and Gumbo (Southern US).
  • Okra is closely related to the cotton plant, and its pods are harvested before they are technically mature.
  • Americans consume .15 pounds per person per year; however, the majority of okra is eaten in the southeastern United States .

Selection Tips
When choosing okra, look for firm, dry vegetables with no wet or soft areas.

Availability
The Fresh1 okra is available from May through October.

Storage
Use within 3 days of buying.

Recipes

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