Demystify Okra

A 2400 dpi scan of okra, Abelmoschus esculentus.
Raw Okra cut in half

We have loved Okra for long time. We like ours slimy and non slimy. There are different ways to prepare it, according to taste.  So before we share a couple of interesting ways to make it we thought it important to tell you just a little about this little gem.

So what’s in an Okra:

Okra is very low in calories, it provides only 30 calories per 100g, it’s a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins; it is also recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein. It is one of the green vegetable with highest levels of these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
The fresh pods are good source of folates and provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. The consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.
The pods are also an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C; provides about 36% of daily recommended levels. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protects body from harmful free radicals.
The veggies are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes and is required for strengthening of bones.
Now lets see what we can make with it? …you game? watch the next couple of recipes. 😉