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Fresh Okra (Okro) 500g

SKU:
NIY-F91-X
£4.99 - £42.99

Description

General Information

Okra, scientifically known as Abelmoschus esculentus, is the only vegetable crop of significance in the Malvaceae family and is very popular in the Indo-Pak subcontinent.

Okra is mostly referred to as an edible seed pod of the plant, it has low calories and high dietary fibre content. It contains vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B and calcium. It is usually four to ten inches in length—except in the dwarf varieties. The okra plant has heart-shaped leaves and the flowers are yellow with a crimson centre. 

Okra is ranked number one in its consumption in India, its original home in Ethiopia and Sudan and the northeastern African countries.

Production: It is available all year round.

OrganicOrganic  Suitable for vegetariansSuitable for vegetarians
 
LIFE 5d+ Product life guaranteed for 5 days excluding delivery day, with an average of 10 days.
 

Country of Origin

The country of origin is Honduras.

Nutrition

Nutritional value for 100g:


Energy

33 kcal

Carbohydrates 

7.46 g

Sugars

1.48 g

Dietary fibre

3.3 g

Fat 

0.19 g

Protein 

1.9 g

Vitamin A Equiv.  

36 μg

Thiamine (B1)

0.2 mg

Riboflavin (B2) 

0.06 mg

Niacin (B3)  

1 mg

Folate (B9)  

60 μg

Vitamin C  

23 mg

Vitamin E  

0.27 mg

Vitamin K  

31.3 μg

Calcium  

82 mg

Iron  

0.62 mg

Magnesium  

57 mg

Phosphorus  

61 mg

Potassium  

299 mg

Zinc  

0.58 mg

Water

89.6 g


Usage

There are numerous ways in which okra can be used. A few of which are described below.

Okra soup: Here the vegetable is sliced and simmered with spices and protein, so all of its slimes come out when it is being cooked. Believe it or not, the slime helps to thicken the stew. 

Crispy fried: Coat okra in egg and cornmeal, then fry. The crisp coating will help reduce the slime.

Quick vegetable stew: Thickly slice okra and cook it briefly with tomatoes so it’s tender but not overly slimy.

Tip
The best way to de-slime okra is to cook it together with acidic foods like tomatoes.

 

Storage

Okra should be stored in a cool and dry place. When storing okra for later use, do not wash okra, wrap the okra in a dry paper towel and seal it in a ziplock bag. Make a hole in the bag to allow air to flow. We recommend that you use it as soon as possible within two to three days after storage.

Okra can also be frozen for future use. To freeze okra, put water in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Wash and cut off the end of the okra pods—do not expose the core. Blanch for three to four minutes, depending on size. Then soak in ice water for three to four minutes. 

Dry the okra and pack it in a freezer ziplock bag. When using the bag, remove as much air as possible and seal it. Place it in the deepest part of the freezer. The frozen okra should be used within nine months after freezing.

Preparation

To prepare okra soup, get the okra pods and rinse them in cold water. Properly cut off the end of the okra pods and discard them in the compost bin. Then place the okra on a cutting board and use a knife to carefully chop the pod into 1-inch coarse pieces. Place the chopped okra in a blender and pulse three to five times or until  finely chopped. Do not blend okra for long periods. When blended, it becomes a paste

Instructions

Place a medium saucepan on the stove and pour two to three cups of hot water. Then turn on the burner and bring the water to a boil. When the water boils, gently add the fresh shrimps to the pan. Get the locust beans, rinse and add two tablespoons of them to the water.

With the pan lid removed, cook until the shrimps turn pink, but do not overcook. When the shrimps are tender and cooked, scoop them out of the pan with a spoon and place them in another bowl. Add finely chopped okra, stir and mix  well with the locust beans in the pan. Stir occasionally and boil the soup for 5 minutes to thicken.

Add Maggi seasoning and salt to the mix, then add one teaspoon of ground crayfish. Continue stirring for a minute, then taste to check if the seasoning is enough. Add the cooked shrimp to the okra soup and stir to mix it. If the soup is too thick, add hot water to dilute it. Serve the okra soup hot with fufu or your choice of carbs.

Package Type

Our fresh okra come in paper bags and are carefully placed at the top of your box to ensure that other items in your box do not crush them.

Recycling Information

Please dispose of the paper bag in the recycling bin. Any food waste should be disposed of in the compost bin.

Other Information

Okra is a rich source of antioxidants that help reduce the risk of serious diseases, prevent inflammation, and contribute to overall health. It contains polyphenols that help contribute to heart and brain health. Okra lowers blood cholesterol levels and contains a protein called lectin, which is known for its role in cancer prevention and treatment. 

Eating okra may help pregnant women meet their daily folate needs which is important for preventing neural tube defects.

Dietary Information

Okra is a rich source of protein and carbohydrates and contains negligible fat. It is also a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, and vitamin K, with moderate contents of thiamin, folate and magnesium.

Inventory Replenishment

This product is re-stocked weekly to ensure it is constantly available.

Did You Know?

  • Raw okra is 90% made up of water and it is low in calories. 
  • Most times, okra doesn’t require being cooked as it is safe to eat even while it’s raw. 
  • Okra seeds can be a substitute for coffee, and the best part is that, unlike the actual coffee grounds, okra coffee is caffeine-free and won’t keep you up at night.
  • Okra has multiple names, some of which are okro, gumbo, bhindi, and ladies’ fingers.
  • Although okra is cooked like vegetables, the pods are fruits.

Availability

Usually readily available fresh to be delivered at your doorstep for next day. On ocassions that its out of stock, it would be sent you in less than 7 days from when order was placed.

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Extra Information

Brand:
Niyis
Weight:
500.00 Grams

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