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Handle okra lightly to make hearty stew without slime

By Betty Shimabukuro

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2014

~~<p>What do you know about okra? It's slimy, right? And hairy. It goes into gumbo and lots of soups, stir-fries and stews, especially of the Fili&shy;pino persuasion. And pickles &mdash; it makes nice pickles. And tempura.</p>
<p>OK, so it's not such an oddball vegetable, even if most people's first reaction is &quot;slimy.&quot; Research has shown it to be high in fiber and flavonoids, compounds that fight disease, and could be beneficial to those with diabetes. It grows well in Hawaii and has long been available at farmers markets and in Chinatown.</p>
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What do you know about okra? It's slimy, right? And hairy. It goes into gumbo and lots of soups, stir-fries and stews, especially of the Fili­pino persuasion. And pickles — it makes nice pickles. And tempura.

OK, so it's not such an oddball vegetable, even if most people's first reaction is "slimy." Research has shown it to be high in fiber and flavonoids, compounds that fight disease, and could be beneficial to those with diabetes. It grows well in Hawaii and has long been available at farmers markets and in Chinatown. Login for more...



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