Growing Okra - Benefits and Instructions
Benefits of Growing Okra
Medicinal- Okra has been linked to many health benefits including; lowering bad cholesterol, improving digestion, managing diabetes and increase endurance levels.
- Nutritional Profile - Okra is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, fibre, vitamin A,C,E and K.
Use in: Soups, stews, roasted, pickled, fried, stuffed.
For most tender and flavourful quality, harvest when pods are 3-4 inches long and cook as soon as possible. Pick on a weekly basis to encourage continual fruit set. The more you pick okra the more you’ll get. When picked often, okra will keep producing until the first frost.
Okra tastes best the day you pick it. Use pods immediately or they will begin to lose quality and flavor. Okra does not store well fresh, but if you must keep okra more than a day or two, store pods in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator. However okra holds up well to freezing and canning or pickling quite well.
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