Okra can be found year-round, for some okra varieties are grown during the rainy season and other okra varieties are grown during the dry season.
Nutritional value of okra
Low in calories (31 kilocalories per 100 grammes), this fruit is an excellent source of potassium, calcium and phosphorous, folic acid, magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C. It also contains antioxidants and fibre.
Okra is a plant that can grow to a height of 2.5 metres. There are, however, dwarf varieties that do not grow higher than 0.9 metre. The fruit also varies depending on the variety, measuring between 4 and 15 centimetres long.
Okra is of African origin, eaten as a vegetable or as a condiment. Its transversal section is in the shape of a perfect pentagon, in the center of which are its seeds.
Sold at an early stage, it withers quickly and keeps for 2 to 3 days in the vegetable crisper (protected by absorbent paper). It can be frozen whole, after being blanched for 2 minutes.
It can be eaten raw or cooked.
Okra is a fruit of African origin. © DR