Produce Spotlight: Okra

It is finally that season, okra is filling Farmers Markets and grocery stores. Okra are crisp and crunchy. 

The best time to plant okra is when the soil has warmed to 65° to 70° F. This usually happens during April and it takes about 60-70 days for an okra plant to produce ripe okra. Okra is in-season during July – October.        

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Okra Varieties

Okra is green, finger-shaped vegetable that can be eaten raw, steamed, cooked, fried, or included into stews. Okra has a similar mild taste as eggplant, but with a different texture. Depending on how you cook okra it can have a different taste and texture.     

How to Store Okra

Okra should be stored carefully because they can bruise very easily. When storing okra in the fridge, wrap them in a paper towel or place in a plastic bag, and store in the vegetable drawer. Do not wash okra until you are ready to use it. They can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days. Okra can also be frozen to help keep them fresh longer. Simply place the whole okra in a pot of boiling water for no more than 1 minute. Place the drained okra in a freezer-safe plastic bag or container, and freeze. Okra kept in the fridge will last about 2-3 months. 

Okra Nutrition

Okra is a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamin K. There are many ways to eat okra, and ONIE has some great recipes. 

Southern Chicken and Okra

This recipe is the perfect chicken dinner recipe that is hearty and full of flavor. 

Baked Popcorn Okra

This spin on okra is a great alternative to fried okra that is just as tasty. 

Louisiana Catfish

This one-pan meal is delicious and something the entire family will love. 

Okie Shrimp and Okra

This is the perfect seafood meal to make that takes less than 30 minutes and is delicious. 

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