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Okra – Boiled – No Slime Trick

I wish I had book marked this blog, but I didn’t so of course I don’t know who to credit with this easy to cook No Slime boiled okra.

I wish someone had taught me this No Slime Boiled Okra trick 50 years ago.

Pick smallish tender okra. Pick enough to feed you and your family.

Wash Okra. Leave Okra whole.
Bring 2 cups salted water to a boil.
You may need more water if your cooking a lot of Okra.
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your boiling salted water.
Put Okra in the boiling water.
Return to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 8 to 13 minutes until tender.
Plate Okra, serve and enjoy your No Slime Boiled Okra.

Happy Gardening

Okra – Flowers – Ornamental – Eatable Fruit Pods

Okra is among the most heat and drought tolerant vegetable species in the world and will tolerate soils with heavy clay and intermittent moisture.

okra Most gardeners grow okra for it’s eatable pods. Okra can be eaten pickled, boiled, fried coated with corn meal and is often added to soups, stew and gumbos. Pods are best harvested very small, no more than 3 or 4 inches long. Mature pods may exceed 8 inches in length.

Okra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants, is a good source of calcium and potassium.

Okra leaves may be cooked in a similar way to the greens of beets or dandelions. Since the entire plant is edible, young tender leaves may eaten raw in salads.

Okra varieties range in size form 3 to 7 foot tall. Pod color is normally green however you can also find purple (some say it’s color is red) pod varieties.
Common Varieties grown in the United states include:
*CLEMSON variety is dark green with angular pods. This okra takes less than two months to mature.
*EMERALD type is dark green, with smooth round pods.
*LEE is a spineless type known by its deep bright green, very straight angular pods.
*ANNIE OAKLEY is a hybrid, spineless kind of okra with bright green, angular pods. It takes less than two months from seeding to maturity.
*CHINESE Okra is a dark green type grown in California and reaches 10 to 13 inches in length. These extra-long okra pods are sometimes called “ladyfingers.”
*PURPLE Okra a rare variety you may see at peak times.

Okra as an ornamental flowering plant produces lovely Hollyhock ‘like’ flowers mostly in shades of yellow and whites.
yellow okra flowerwhite okra flower

Plant okra after your soil warms to 70F to 85F. Quick germination, soaked 8 to 12 hours prior to planting to a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. Germination occurs in 7 to 12 days. Provide ample water for seedlings.
Space seeds 3 inches apart, thin to 9 to 10 inches after seedlings are 3 inches tall. Space sows 24 to 36 inches.

OKRA Nutrition value
serving size: 1 cup
calories: 31
fat: 0 g
carbs: 7 g
protein: 2 g
fiber: 3 g
Vitamin K: 66% RDA
Vitamin C: 35% RDA
folate: 22% RDA
thiamin: 13% RDA
manganese: 50% RDA
magnesium: 14% RDA
Calcium 8%
Iron 5%
Potassium 6%
Zinc 6%
Okra also contains beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin.

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Okra Is In Bloom – Italian Squash A Plenty

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up..
Sick or dieing? not in Sellia, a small Italian village in Calabria.
Worried about its dwindling population the town leaders have banned its residents from getting ill and dying.

Fall season may be in sight, however Oklahoma’s famous August heat dome has arrived. Temperatures ranging from 100 to 107 this past week and my weather man said we are in for at least another 7 days of 103 to 107 ‘real’ temperatures.
Across my tiny part of Southwest Oklahoma heat index(feel like) temperatures have reached as high as 117 degrees. Those heat index temps are dangerous for both man and beast.

2015 was a cool and unusually wet spring. I didn’t get my okra seed in the ground until early this summer. Okra is waste high, blooming and is starting to set pods. If you are not a pickled and fried okra fan you don’t know what a delightful feast you are missing.

I don’t remember if I posted this, but if I did here it is again. The 3 chicks Michelle L. got me back in February have started laying. In short order me and my daughters family will be over run with eggs. At present I am getting 5 eggs a day, 3 dozen a week! Mmmmm just how many eggs can we eat this week?

Grin … I wish I had saved the seed packet. I planted an Italian variety of squash, … maybe it is a zucchini. At any rate even in our heat 3 vines/bushes is still producing more than we can eat. Hehehe … the pigs love excess squash.

FYI Yes the grasshoppers they are a hatching in the thousands again this year.

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Red Wine – Hibiscus – Rose Of Sharon – Okra

Yes … Now I have a medical excuse to drink all the red wine I can And I will.
I’ll cut back as soon as I am called that skinny guy 🙂 O-Happy day are here again.
Can a glass of red wine help burn fat cells?
Yea… New research suggests a chemical from the extracts in red grapes and red wine might help the body burn fat cells. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers exposed human liver and fat cells in vitro to natural extracts taken from Muscadine grapes, a variety of dark-red grapes native to southeastern U.S. One of the four chemicals tested, ellagic acid did something pretty cool: it significantly halted the growth of existing fat cells, while also keeping new ones from forming.
As an added perk, it also boosted the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver cells.

Hibiscus and it’s relatives, Rose of Sharon and Okra produce beautiful blooms and comes in many colors range from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow. Flowers range is size from 1 1/2 to 7 inches (4–18 cm) across.

Okra is a member of the hibiscus family. Okra has one of the most beautiful blooms in the vegetable garden and can be grown almost any where for its beautiful flowers. Cooler USDA zones may have to short of a growing season to produce good fruit crops, however Okra still makes a great choice for a back of border flowering plant.

Plant okra directly in garden soil when night time temperatures remain above 55 degrees and your soil has warmed to 65 to 70 degrees.
To improve germination, soak seeds overnight in warm (Not Hot) water. Sow seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart. Set out transplants to stand 12 to 18 inches apart in rows 24 to 42 inches apart.

Okra’s first pods will be ready in 50 to 60 days. Harvest the pods when still immature (2 to 3 inches long). Pick at least every other day to encourage production. Use a knife to cut the stem just above the cap.

Rose of Sharon generally speaking will do well in USDA zones 5-9. It can get 8′-10′ tall and have a spread of 4′-6′. Blooms colors can be white, red, lavender or light blue. Some varieties have double blooms.

Pruning Rose of Sharon. Is naturally a multi-stemmed shrub(bush), this plant can be trained through pruning to have simply one main trunk; thus some people refer to it as rose of sharon “tree.” Prune in late winter or early spring, this is one of the shrubs that bloom on the current season’s(new) growth.

Rose of sharon prefers full sun and well drained soil and good air flow around plants. Older bushes may fall prey to fungal damage if grown in areas without full sun and good ventilation.

Its attractive and plentiful blooms make’s it capable of holding its own as a specimen. One’s ability to shape rose of sharon also makes the shrub a prime candidate for hedges. It could be used to achieve privacy around swimming pools, for instance. Take advantage of this late summer flowering shrubs to keep your landscaping colorful.

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