OKRA (OCHRO) – Biblical foods of the world – By Lance Seeto – Fiji Times Online

OKRA- Biblical foods of the world

OKRA plant

OKRA plant

Lance Seeto
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – Fiji Times Online

I’ve always been a big believer that the ancient fruits and vegetables found in ancient religious and biblical texts have a special role to play in our diet.

Not only did our early ancestors enjoy them, but most of them have special medicinal value that has helped protect against disease for thousands of years.

Take okra. Also known as bhindi, lady’s finger and gumbo, okra is a nutritional powerhouse used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes.  Once loved by the Egyptians and still used in many dishes today (such as the famous Southern American gumbo dish), this pod-producing, tropical vegetable dates back over 3500 years.

But still today, many are enjoying both okra health benefits and the vegetable’s edible delight.

Like the kiwi fruit (okra actually shares many kiwi fruit benefits), okra is known for it’s high vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate content.

Read more: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=303510

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  • compton de castro  On 04/28/2015 at 1:45 am

    Dislike the slimey green vegetable immensely…..
    The dried seeds can be however boiled in rice like beans.
    Pigeon peas boiled in rice is a very popular dish in Dominican republic.

    Its not what you cook more way that you cook and serve it.😇

    If okra be the food of love eat on !😀

  • Cliff  On 04/28/2015 at 7:01 pm

    I have just eaten two Ochras(Okra) as a side dish. I have a few plants in my kitchen garden among other vegetables. Ochra is good for those people who suffer from constipation but you have to eat at least four with your meal probably steamed as I like them. Those who are ill with constipation use steamed ochros as a side dish. You wouldn’t regret it. But again, anyone can use this vegetable. It helps the body in other ways.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 04/28/2015 at 10:30 pm

    Remember your mom showing you how to buy ochro? You grasped a single ochro in one hand and made a fist around the length of fruit – leaving the tip exposed at the thumb end of your fist. You then used your thumb to force the tip away from the rest of your fist. If the tip snapped cleanly, the ochro was at its peak. If the tip frayed instead, then the produce was too old and unsuitable for cooking.
    She would be royally P O’d if you brought back ‘hard ochro’ from the market.
    They would tell us that ochro was good for your eyesight. I cannot decide whether it was medically sound or merely a ploy to get me to eat the slimy thing.

  • compton de castro  On 04/28/2015 at 10:53 pm

    Just could not “force” myself to eat the slimy green veg.
    Refused (hunger strike) seldom offered alternative.
    Thats why suggested alternative ways of cooking/serving.
    May also be a great laxative but could think of more
    palatable ones.
    Que sera

  • Cliff  On 04/30/2015 at 6:48 pm

    Compton, There is a way to remove the slime. Cut the ochre in circular pieces and put in the sun for an hour. Then cook it the way you want. As simple as that.

  • compton de castro  On 04/30/2015 at 10:26 pm

    Not fond of “dehydrated” food although much tastier.
    Ultra violet rays can change food taste/texture but will certainly give it a go.
    More rain than sun this holiday weekend in ukplc…..
    Bowler hat and umbrella week end forecasted.
    Off south Spain on 11 may for 10 days.😯
    Que Sera
    Thanks recipe.

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