• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Grow and Serve Okra without the Slime

Don’t let past failures cooking with okra, stop you from growing this beautiful vegetable.  The hibiscus flowers and unique pods add beauty and edibility to gardens, large containers and mixed borders.

Consider growing some of the more ornamental varieties. Candle Fire produces smooth bright reddish-burgundy pods on 4 feet tall plants. Another All-America Selections winner is Burgundy. It has creamy yellow flowers and deep burgundy pods.

Chef Jonathon Bardzik shares these few tips for dealing with the slime that often prevents people from enjoying this unique vegetable. Use okra and the ooze that thickens as it cooks in stews and gumbo. Or soak in a vinegar and water solution before cooking.

He demonstrates how to roast it, so it gets crisp like a potato chip. Try his easy recipe for roasted okra and tomato on the All-America Selections website.

A bit more information:  Okra, like peppers and tomatoes, likes it warm.  Grow these unique vegetables in full sun and good garden soil. Harvest the pods when immature, tender and about 2 to 3 inches long for most varieties.

Related

Upcoming Webinars & Appearances


Feb. 4, 2023
WCBA's Home Building &
Remodeling EXPO

West Bend, Wisconsin

Feb. 8, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Indoor Container Garden Design & Display Ideas 
Register now

Feb. 10-12, 2023

PBS Wisconsin
Garden & Landscape EXPO

Madison, Wisconsin

Feb. 15, 2023
WEBINAR: 
10 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias! 
Register now

Feb. 17-19, 2023

NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show
West Allis, Wisconsin

Feb. 22, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Grow Beautiful Water Gardens

Register now

Watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to Win this Honey Rose Dahlia Collection with six outstanding dahlias!

ENTER NOW