Not only is it delicious, okra is low-cal, high fiber and packed with vitamins and minerals. For moms-to-be, it’s an excellent source of folic acid and it’s also high in vitamins C and K, potassium, magnesium and calcium. So it pays to learn how to cook okra!

Most people are familiar with gumbo and fried okra but there a lot of other ways to enjoy it sans slime. The first step is choosing pods that have a bright green color and are tender yet crisp. Next, don’t wash the pods until just before cooking and thoroughly dry them before preparing. It’s best to use the whole pod or don’t cut it anymore that you have to (it releases the goo) and keep a towel handy to continue soaking up moisture as you work. Some people swear by soaking it in vinegar for 30 minutes first.

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