Posted by: gargupie | May 14, 2010


That slimy thing??? Yes. It is an acquired taste. The main feature of an okra is its mucilage – slimy, gooey, and fibrous.  One might view this in a nutritious sense; but visually, it is in the eyes of the beholder.

Cuilnarily, okra is often associated with gumbo from the South, but this flower plant originated from West Africa.  To avoid the sliminess, a quick stir-fry is key, but gumbo actually glorifies the mucous feature of this green plant. 

I like to slice the okras and then stir-fry them with crunchy vegetables for textual contrast.  What is crunchier than celery?


  1. Hmm okra!!! Delicious.

    • I know. Actually, I had my first okra in Japan. 🙂

  2. I have never been a great fan of okra; in Texas it is fried, which gets rid of the sliminess and in Lebanon it is stewed with tomatoes and onions which is pretty good.

    • I totally agree that it’s an acquired taste, but anything fried taste good, right? 🙂

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