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Betty Fasig
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Okra

Okra produces for each plant four pods a day. I am not fond of okra. Only two things can be done with okra. You can cook it with tomatoes and absorb the slime, or you can shake it with flour and cornmeal and fry it. Stew or fried, there is just so much okra you can eat.

There must be a more reasonable excuse for okra to be. I have noticed that the juice from okra will take off your skin (given enough time) and I wondered if it might be a thing to cure wrinkles if you slimed it upon your face, (in private, of course). I would be glad to hear of any experiments you all undertake in this quest for knowledge.

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The most vile and obscene so-called food on earth.

The only debate is whether it's more disgusting boiled all slimy or deepfried into a nausiating crunchy creepiness.
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OMG, Betty! I never would have guessed that you wouldn't like okra...
and yes, there is something else to do with it. It can be pickled.
Pickled okra is available in stores, but can be done at home too.
Here's a recipe that sounds much like my grandmother's.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1636,153175-229196,00.html



You didn't mention wearing long sleeves while picking. The leaves have these little bristles that cause itching...
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Can't wait for Dick to chime in. Can we guess what his reaction will be?



I even like it boiled, Lin - especially with butter beans.
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Well heck, it's good stuff, especially fried with corn meal. You can sprinkle the fried okra over grits, too.

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There are a few more things you can do with okra. You can put on combat boots and stomp it to death. You can set fire to a huge amount of it and the fumes will wipe out the neighborhood. You can ship every last ounce of it to Gitmo and torture prisoners in the worst possible way. There are many other uses for okra, of course. But eat it? I'd rather be stripped naked and horsewhipped on the courthouse lawn at high noon than let the vile stuff pass my lips.
affraid affraid affraid
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According to Wikepedia on Okra:
The species apparently originated in the Ethiopian Highlands, though the
manner of distribution from there is undocumented. The Egyptians and Moors of the 12th and 13th centuries used the Arab word for the plant, suggesting that it had come from the east. The plant may thus have been taken across the Red Sea or the Bab-el-Mandeb strait to the Arabian Peninsula, rather than north across the Sahara. One of the earliest ccounts is by a Spanish Moor who visited Egypt in 1216, who described the plant under cultivation by the locals who ate the tender, young pods with meal.[2]

From Arabia, the plant spread around the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and eastward. The lack of a word for okra in the ancient languages of India
suggests that it arrived there in the Common Era. The plant was introduced to the Americas by ships plying the Atlantic slave trade[3] by 1658, when its presence was recorded in Brazil. It was further documented in Suriname in 1686. Okra may have been introduced to the southeastern North America in the early 18th century and gradually spread. It was being grown as far north as Philadelphia by 1748, while Thomas Jefferson noted that it was well established in Virginia by 1781. It was commonplace throughout the southern United States by 1800 and the first mention of different cultivars was in 1806.[2]

Dick, do you think we should send it back from whence it came?
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It can be pickled.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!
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EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!



A jar of pickled okra doesn't last long in our house. Lin. It's
probably my favorite of all the methods of perparing it. The vinegar in
the pickling process completely eliminates the slime.
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Dear Phil,
Thank you for the recipe for pickled okra. I am glad it is a nice hot one! I will try it. My David loves Okra any way it is prepared. We now have this lovely red okra that looks like those long Christmas ornaments!

Dear Abe,
That is good information to know. Now when anyone wants to know anything about okra, I will have the info. I think I will make a sign to go at the end of the row of hydrponically grown okra with some of that information along with the recipes for Okra.

Dear Dick,
When I finish pickling the okra, I will send you a jar to do as you will with. I liked your suggestions. Cool

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No, no, Betty! What did I ever do that you would send pickled okra to me? I am definitely in favor of shipping it back to Ethiopia, although until now I had nothing against Ethiopians.
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I think someone asked what was the nutritional value of okra.

Here ya go!

Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup sliced, cooked okra)

Calories 25

Dietary Fiber 2 grams

Protein 1.52 grams

Carbohydrates 5.76 grams

Vitamin A 460 IU

Vitamin C 13.04 mg

Folic acid 36.5 micrograms

Calcium 50.4 mg

Iron 0.4 mg

Potassium 256.6 mg

Magnesium 46 mg


Sounds good to me!







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Sounds like an acquired taste, so something I will certainly have to try in the future. pirate
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Pam, the actual taste of okra is rather bland - much like eggplant. I
think people's reaction to it is more of a texture thing than the
taste. It IS slimy when boiled, and for that reason it is used as a
thickener in dishes such as gumbo.
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A while back, someone gave me a few okra. Being from the north, but having some dear cousins in the south, (Tex. Ga. and Al. especially) I sent out requests for cooking instructions.

They all responded. Not wanting to appear really stupid, I asked one cousin if it should be peeled.

Peeled? she asked.

Yes I responded, should I take off the lovely purple rind before cooking?

Humph! What I had was eggplant!!

So I still haven't tried okra. But I have noticed some dishes like gumbo have peices of it in them. I never noticed slime, but the concoctions probably hid it.
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Elevate the price of Okra ten-fold and you can sell/buy it as "gourmet" food.
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That's not "slime," Zada. It's ambiance. It's no more slime that the grease-and-flour-based gravy we put on our mashed potatoes and (in the South) on our meatloaf.

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Yes, if gravy is thick enough, it can definitely be considered 'slime'; but if it's good, no one notices.
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Woul someone please explain why anyone would deliberately put slime in their mouth?
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Dick,
I suppose that is comparable to hitting your finger with a hammer to relieve your headache.
Slime? Now I know why people buy mouthwash.
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Okay...you know I have to weigh in on this...it is about food. Wink

I speak up in favor of okra. I LOVE IT. I like it boiled, fried, and pickled. I have never met a pod I didn't love.

Yes, it is an acquired taste. I have eaten it since childhood. one of the first things I ate after I was cleared to eat again was...you guessed it...boiled okra.

So...

There you have it.

I will gladly consume everyone's ration of it. So, don't worry. Very Happy
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Just what we need, one more thing to worry about - Rhett's state of mind.
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Rhett, it looks like you, Malcolm and I will have to share the okra. I
seriously doubt if the others have even tried it. I can understand the
attitudes toward coon, possum and all those other suthun delicacies -
but OKRA? The only thing I hate about it is picking it!
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I'm up for trying it - I see it every once in a while out here in the "specialty" section. Don't laugh. Although not crazy about slimy textures, I do love pickled just about everything - cukes, carrots, eggs, onions, beets, you name it. I'll have to keep an eye open for some pickled okra --let the games begin!!
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Pam,
If you wait until it freezes where you are, perhaps you can sprinkle something tasty on it (since they say it doesn't have a taste), then shove a stick in it and suck it as a popsicle. At least it will have some flavor and the slime won't tend to run.
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