Okra is one of the most eaten vegetables worldwide. It is often referred to as the lady’s fingers, its scientific name is Abelmoschus esculentus and Hibiscus esculentus.
It is a tall-growing vegetable plant, with a height of 4 – 8 ft. Because of how long it can get, it is said that an okra plant cannot grow more than the owner as he can always bend it down to harvest it.
Okra plant is grown for its tender and delicious pods, but some persons also consume the leaves by using it to make stew. The pods contain seed reach in natural oil and protein.
This seed can also be removed from the pod and dried to be used later for soup, like adding it to Ogbolo soup. It can also be used as coffee additives or substitutes.
How to get good okra for okra soup
Okra is well enjoyed for making soup when it harvested fresh and tender. But many persons cannot differentiate them. So when they buy okra they end up throwing them away without being able to use them to make soup.
To prevent this incessant wastage always check for how tender the okra is by easily breaking the tip with your finger. If it breaks that means it is tender and if it does not it means that it has become very strong and likely unusable for making soup.
Always go for a tender and fresh okra to enjoy every bit of it.
Nutritional facts about Okra
Okra vegetables contain a whole lot of nutrients and good taste with sticky juice that will always make you want to eat more. Taking this recipe with pounded yam or amala will always leave you overfed.
According to the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of raw okra contains;
- 33.0g of calories
- 1.9g protein
- 0.2g fat
- 7.5g carbs
- 3.2g fiber
- 1.5g sugar
- 31.2mg vitamin K
- 299.0mg potassium
- 7.0mg sodium
- 23.0mg vitamin C
- 0.2mg thiamin
- 57.0mg magnesium
- 82.0mg calcium
- 0.22mg vitamin B6
- 60.0mcg folate
- 36.0mcg Vitamin A
It also contains some amount of niacin, iron, phosphorus, and copper.
Amazing Health Benefits of Okra
Good for pregnancy and breastfeeding
One of the nutrients that a pregnant woman needs is folate and a low level of this nutrient can lead to many pregnancy complications and pregnancy loss.
Doctors advise pregnant women to take enough of this nutrient preferably about 400mcg as recommended by the 2015 – 2020 American dietary guidelines.