Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Okra
Okra can be consumed in a number of ways—breaded and deep-fried, pickled, stewed, in Indian cuisine, and even raw in the field! Of course, the most famous okra dish is probably gumbo.
For a nice stewy dish, simmer fresh tomatoes and onions and perhaps some pre-fried bacon pieces. Add chopped okra. On the stove, cook for 25 minutes, and the soft insides of okra will help create a nice thick savory broth to serve over rice.
Or, try roasting okra to bring out its natural nuttiness. Just remove the cap and split lengthwise, and roast on a baking sheet for 25 minutes; we cover with aluminum foil for the first half of cooking.
My Mother tried to cook some okra years ago and it turned out SLIMMY! When I grew up and I tried cooking it, it too turned out SLIMMY!!!! I would never try it again. How they eat it in the south I could never figure out.
You stopped cooking too soon. A trick I learned from mom. Just keep cooking way down. Not too hot heat and don't let burn. Good luck.
Well best practice is to add a little lemon or lime juice. myself I saute` tomatoes [with onions if you like] and add cut okra. this makes a good side dish just like that or proceed to make stew or gumbo. canning or pickled okra is good and results in crispy pieces [uncut], goes well in a nice green salad also.
Try steaming it in a basket until it's bright green. Or fry it. Cut each pod into 1/4"-1/2" lengths, coat with your favorite breading mix a fry in a pan on medium heat until golden brown.
I live in North Central Florida and my okra plants have been doing great all along, except for a about a month ago, I started cutting off the dry leaves and now the trees have stopped and or in some cases not producing as much as before. Thanks
I live in south Georgia my orka plants are just starting to bloom but the bloom is turning brown and falling off. What do I need to do
Okra blooms do not last more than a day before falling off, leaving behind the small green nub that will eventually turn into the okra pod, which will be ready to harvest in a few days. If the pods are still developing, your plant is still healthy.
If no pods are forming, it could have to do with the growing environment. Okra needs full sun and temperature fluctuations can cause stress. Also, extended rainy periods or stretches with little sunshine can also cause flowers to drop.
My dad taught me that okra seeds do best if sowed in damp soil, barely covered, just before a rain. When mature, I slice the pods and dehydrate for use in soup.
I grow okra, and have great success with the plant, but my question is what plants are compatible and what plants are combative with okra. please give me the answer to this question????
Plant herbs near okra such as sage, oregano, savory, coriander, dill, and thyme. All repel insect pests (like cabbage moths and spider mites) and also attract beneficial insects and pollinators.