I was more than excited when I saw the bucket of okra at my pick up. To my surprise a lot of people were asking questions about this yummy pod; "How do I cook this?, Do I peel it?, What does it taste like?". Okra is really yummy in my opinion, we grew up eating okra in sauces and stews and sauteed. I guess for someone who is eating okra for the first time would have to acquired a taste for it. When cooked, okra gives off a "goo" or "slime" for lack of a better way to explain it. No, it doesn't sound too appetizing but it actually comes in very handy in certain dishes, especially because the "goo" acts as a thickening agent for soups and stews. The okra today at the pick up came in all sizes, really tiny ones and really big ones, I would assume the bigger they were the more tough the pod would be on the outside..I decided to take some medium sized pods. The first thing I thought of when I saw them was pickles! Pickled Okra...to die for.
Pickled Okra (with garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes)