Okra is sometimes known as ladies fingers, bhindi and bamia.
It is widely used in southern American states, the West Indies, India, Asia and South America and is an important part of Cajun cooking styles. It is probably best known as the key ingredient of gumbo - a stew of okra, tomatoes, chilli and chicken or seafood. It contains mucilaginous gum that acts as a natural thickening agent in soups, curries, braises or stews.
There are many varieties of okra; the most commonly found are green and white. Green okra is shorter and slightly stubby when compared with white okra, which is actually a light green colour. White okra is longer and more slender than green okra; it also has quite pronounced ridges.
What to look for
Good okra must be fresh and small, preferably less than 6-8 cm in length. Large okra tends to be tough and stringy.
Okra is imported; a limited supply is available all year.
Refrigerate in paper bags. Use promptly. Avoid washing before storing, as the okra will become slimy.
How to prepare
Trim stalk ends. Okra can be left whole or sliced. Cook until soft and tender.
Ways to eat
Toss freshly cooked okra in lemon juice and a little butter. Okra can be added to curries, soups, salads, braises or stews.
Bake, boil, microwave, steam, stew, braise.
Okra is a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and folate, a source of niacin, magnesium and manganese, and and contains a dietary significant amount of potassium. Phytonutrients, phenolics, carotenoids and flavonoids are found in okra.
|Serving size: 1 cup sliced = 106g|
|Average Quantity||% Daily Intake per serve||Average Quantity|
|per serving||per 100g|
|Fat, total (g)||0.1||0%||0.1|
|- saturated (g)||0.03||0%||0.03|
|Available carbohydrate (g)||2.4||1%||2.3|
|- sugars (g)||2.4||3%||2.3|
|Dietary Fibre (g)||4.6||4.3||A good source of dietary fibre|
|Folate (µg)||93||47% RDI*||88.0||A good source of folate|
|Vitamin C (mg)||27||66% RDI*||25||A good source of vitamin C|
|Niacin (mg)||1.4||14% RDI*||1.3||A source of niacin|
|Magnesium (mg)||64.0||20% RDI*||60.0||A source of magnesium|
|Manganese (mg)||1.0||20% ESADDI**||1.0||A source of manganese|
|Potassium (mg)||201||190||Contains potassium|
|Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ|
|Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs|
| *Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)
**Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake
|Source: FOODfiles 2018|
Experiment with okra in order to give first hand advice on preparation and recipes. Customers may not know how to use okra, so use the QR code on labels.
Store at 7-10ºC with a relative humidity of 90-98%. Avoid lower temperatures as this will result in chilling injury.