Also known as Ladies’ Fingers or Gumbo, okra continues to increase in popularity across the United States. It has long been a favorite in southern states and dishes and offers up some little-known health benefits. Okra pods can be enjoyed fried, pickled, boiled, or sautéed and with all of these ways to try it we are happy that they are available year-round. Crystal Valley sources its okra from Guatemala, Honduras, the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Choose okra pods that have a bright color and that are firm.
Okra, a southern staple, can be steamed, cooked, pickled, boiled, and fried. Okra pods are often used in soups and stews since they turn gooey and gelatinous if over-cooked and can be used as a thickener.