Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Post Wherein We Learn Swahili: Okra
Did you know Gumbo is the Swahili word for Okra? Impress your friends.
Okra is best picked young at only about 2-3 inches. You can see in our photo that most of our Okra is larger than this recommendation. We haven't been keeping up with the harvest. It is still best to pick off the the ones too large to eat to help the plant produce more. Okra loves the heat and we have found it to be incredibly easy to grow. We have found it slightly less enjoyable to eat.
We throw some Okra into soups or other veggie dishes but it just not my favorite. There is one way I love Okra though. Pickled! It makes for great pickling because its crisp and yum. We just pickle it as we do cucumbers. Read: Joy of Cooking recipe.
I would be willing to barter some excess Okra for a fresh bowl of Gumbo. Any takers? I can safely say we are at the level of what is too much for one.
“There are three things which if one does not know, one cannot live long in the world: what is too much for one, what is too little for one, and what is just right for one.”- Swahili Proverb