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Friday, November 4, 2011

Okra - Nutrition

Delicious, Pesticide-free Okra
Are you turning your nose up?
Check out our recipes at the Beasley Farm Blog.
About Okra
Okay, so Okra looks like those pods outer space aliens are born out of.
It's gooey and slimy (YUCK!)
Okra does have redeeming qualities, and we actually found a recipe we like! Okra may be stir-fried, battered, baked or grilled using a number of dips and rubs to season. Many cooks add Okra to soups, stews or simply boil it. Okra "juice" helps thicken stews and soups.
One quarter pound of Okra has the following redeeming qualities:
33 calories
2.0 grams of protein
7.6 grams of carbohydrates
0.1 grams fat.
 Okra is a very good source of:
 dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin,
riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese,
and a good source of niacin, iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper.

A little trivia regarding Okra:
Introduced from West Africa, Okra is also known as "lady's finger", okro, ochro, bamia, bamie, gombo, gumbo, quiabo and quingombo. Because it is grown in more topical zones, Okra is available year round, especially in warmer climates. Loaded with fiber, Okra contains tiny white seeds which are edible.
If you're still turning your nose up, please check out our recipes!

Please click on the chart below to see all the nutritional reasons for incorporating Okra to the diet.

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