Okra is also known as ladies’ fingers or gumbo. It is valued for its edible green seedpods. The plant grows in tropical regions around the world.
The products of the plant are mucilaginous, resulting in the characteristic “goo” or slime when the seedpods are cooked. Some people like okra this way, others prefer to minimize its sliminess. Using the whole pods and brief cooking, like stir-frying, help to achieve this. Cooking with acidic ingredients such as lemon juice, tomatoes, or vinegar may also help. Alternatively, the pods can be sliced thinly and cooked for a long time so the mucilage dissolves, as in gumbo. The immature pods may also be pickled.