Saturday, August 29, 2015

O is for OKRA

Okra
Love it or Hate it?
This is the gorgeous flower that blooms before the okra pod grows.
These are growing at my daughter's house
See the little pods above the flower?
Some people harvest the little one's to boil and eat...
ewwwwww slimy! 

Or a little larger to slice for Gumbo or frying!

I love this little garden space in front of their house!  

So do you Okra or not?

Joining Jenny at 

Linda

31 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hmmm...haven't tired okra ....
Nice finds in your last post :) Sweet photo of your little grandgirl.
Go ahead and post the pocket letter that you have rec'd. I would LOVE to see it.
warmly,
deb

Jane and Chris said...

Absolutely NOT! Slimy eeeeeeeewy stuff.
Jane x

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Can handle a little in gumbo if sliced thin, have eaten some fried I liked, and some I did not. Depends on the coating, seasoning, etc. Just boiled and seasoned - No Thank You!!

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

Beautiful flower!!! What kind of flavor does okra have?

IHateThe90s said...

Hello! I love okra. I make homemade gumbo (live on the Gulf of Mexico in NW Florida) and I will eat okra any way it is cooked. :) Nice post. I didn't know that the flowers bloomed before the okra pod came out.

Marigene said...

Yes, I do like okra, but it has be be 3" or smaller. I don't care for the large ones, to me they are tough and not much taste. I love it fried!

Donna Wilkes said...

I LOVE okra! I just ate some raw sliced in my salad - the way I usually eat it. I love okra and stewed tomatoes, gumbo, pickled, steamed, ...

Kathy Moreland said...

I love it fried and crispy! Boiled/stewed are not my favorites. I do like it in vegetable soup, though.

Cozy Little House said...

I always loved fried okra, but can't have that now.
Brenda

Chatty Crone said...

I do like Okra. There is a lot of news on Okra now that it fights cancer - not sure - but it can't hurt.

dianne said...

Love Okra and grow it in my garden. It takes quite a few plants to get a good picking each time, as there is usually only one or two pods ready for picking at a time. Unless I am wrong, the part you pointed out as little pods are actually buds of blooms that will become the pods. They are not for eating at that stage. And if you let okra go too long you have a very tough, woody pod that is not good at all. Pick them three inches or less and enjoy them. Okra requires lots of hot weather, and that is why it is so popular here in Alabama.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Dianne, I think you are right about the buds of blooms. I just looked closer at the photo. Thanks for your comment and great information! My daughter is the one growing them, I should have asked her! :)

Vicky Hunt said...

I am an okra lover! It has the best flavor to me and I will eat it almost any way! Love it fried down though...not with breading, just a little salt and pepper. Yum!

Christina said...

I LOVE okra!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

I do NOT!!!!! hehe

Deanies Stash said...

I don't think I have ever eaten it! So I don't know.

Mereknits said...

No okra here, but I love her garden.
Meredith

Ivy and Elephants said...

I LOVE okra!!! I could eat it every day. My favorite is chilli lime fried okra,
delicious!I'm not a slime fan either, but come on people, give it a try!!
Hugs,
Patti

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, that bloom looks like the bloom from a Rose of Sharon bush! Well, the only way I like okra is in soups and my favorite cut into little wheels, breaded and fried! Yum!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi Linda, I am not a fan of okra but had no idea the flower was so pretty! Blessings, Cecilia

Charlotte Huffman said...

Okra is a cousin to the hibiscus, that's why the flower is so pretty. I'm from the south so I love fried okra.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

My sister grows okra and talks about how fun it is to grow. They add it to everything!!

Sarah said...

Have never grown okra, so it is fun to see the pretty bloom. I love okra and eat it just about weekly when I can get it. Fresh Texas okra all summer. YUM!

Susan said...

Hi Linda...

Ordinarily, I would say okra? Uh uh

But, come to think of it, I've had it in gumbo and liked that.

But would I run to the super for it? Uh uh Susan

20 North Ora said...

I love okra but only dipped in cornmeal and fried. YUM!

Judy

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It sure is a pretty flower, but I have to admit that I've never tried it.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

You've got quite a discussion going on here Linda, lol. I'm not an Okra fan, but have been told if it is cooked properly it is not slimy. Actually, the fried version sounds good. Lovely flower, so different. :)

Susan said...

Love Okra, but I'm the only one in my family. I should try growing it some time; my friend says it's pretty easy and those blossoms are gorgeous, XOXO

Oliva Ohlson said...

I actually love Okra...very tasty especially in Jambalaya...and also fried!!! I didn't know the Okra plant had such a beautiful flower!

EM said...

I've never seen an okra bloom before. How pretty. I love me some fried Okra! Big plates of it.

Vonlipi said...

I love the okra flower, it is stunning! I had it maybe once, i don't really remember. It is however on my food bucket list so I will try it eventually.

Nice touch with the pink flamingos...I love those, can't wait to stick some in the garden!