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Okra

Very popular in the southeast US, okra is not as well known in other regions of the country. It’s long, light green pods make it stand out in the market, but may also inspire confusion as to its preparation-- don’t be afraid to give it a try though! Okra has a mild taste similar to eggplant, and pairs well with strong spices. Because it can produce a slimy substance, often utilized as a natural thickener for things like gumbo, it’s important to properly prepare this veggie. Make sure okra is completely dry before cooking and keep pods whole or in large pieces-- cooking it long enough will dissolve the slime. Okra can be grilled, sautéed, tossed into soups or stews, or roasted.