Okra is popular in Southern and Cajun cooking, especially gumbo, a thickened soup often served over rice.

How to Select

Choose brightly colored, firm pods.

How to Store

Do not rinse for storage. Refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes. Store okra in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze for later: Trim stems, blanch in water, cool, and freeze in plastic bags. Use within 1 year.

How to Prepare

Rinse thoroughly. Scrub fuzz off skin. Chop. Becomes slimy if overcooked or boiled. Saut or fry, steam, grill, or roast in a small amount of oil. Add to casseroles, rice and vegetable dishes, curry, soups, and stews.