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 Post subject: Re: Growing Okra
PostPosted: Mar 13th, '12, 19:45 
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Our Okra grew really well this year...


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Health benefits of Okra

Very low in calories, provides just 30 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins; recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

The rich fiber and mucilaginous content in Okra pods helps smooth peristalsis of digested food particles and relieve constipation condition.

The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein. It is one of the green vegetable with highest levels of these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Fresh pods are good source of folates; provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. Consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.

The pods are also an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C; provides about 36% of daily recommended levels. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protects body from harmful free radicals.

The veggies are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes and is required for strengthening of bones.

The pods are also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html


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Harvested a few okra this afternoon, mmm one of my new favourites.
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Flower bud before opening, perhaps it will open tomorrow and a brand new pod wil be on the way.

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Is it too late to plant Okra in Perth?

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TCLynx wrote:
Okra is one of those odd veggies that many people have no idea what to do with. Many more people only know perhaps a couple things about okra (either fried okra, "it's slimy", or gumbo.) I googled it and found a passage in The Encyclopedia of Country Living that listed several ways of preserving it and some different uses of it.

When the pods get too big and tough "woody" to eat, you can still use them to help thicken stews, just remove the pod before serving. Another thing to do when the pods get too mature for eating is to shell the seeds out and cook/eat them.


though gumbo is just a thick soup we add okra to soup and they can be boiled (thats when slimy) but you MUST add pork fatback (fatty ham/ham-bone bacon etc) to it... also try n pickle them (AWESOME) but fried it SHOULDN'T BE SLIMY (unless you cooked em wrong :support: )

I'm not a fan of the purple as they don't produce like the green does, also there is a old strain called cowhorn around here that doesn't get woody when long (hence it looks like a cow horn)

ps get the spineless or wear long sleeve as the leaves have spines that get in skin like fiberglass (ask my son in shorts n tee when picking an acre of em :laughing6: ) and if you have a long season (like here in south mississippi) they will produce for 7+ months and the hotter the better...


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Several of my okra seedlings seem to die off where the stem goes into the gravel - any idea why? I think it may be heat /wind damage related - water level is 2 inches below surface of clay. Either that or something may be chewing them?

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Gidday Matt, sounds like the dirty work of slaters, flood the bed to find the culprits.

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Thanks - will give it a go - Have seen a few of those armadillo pigs about!

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Okra is commonly used in Filipino cooking, especially in "sinigang".
Sinigang is a soup base that can be flavoured with beef, pork, prawns, fish etc.
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can i grow some now in perth or is it too late to get one going?


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