Spring onions are most often utilized raw. The whole onion can be flash blanched and grilled, which brings out more the robust and sweet elements of the onions, and makes them a bolder pair for fish and meats
It is the only lettuce type that does not occur in red form as well as green. Iceberg is the given name to dozens of cultivars of lettuce, all of which are adapted to specific planting regions and time periods.
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Okra is available year round with a peak season during the summer months.
Green Okra is a member of the mallow family along with cotton, cocoa and hibiscus. The okra plant produces broad oak-shaped leaves with bold yellow and white hibiscus-like blossoms. The fruits sprout in vertical patterns from the plant's stems. The sign of a plant flowering indicates fruits will develop quickly within 3-5 days. Young fruits must be harvested daily as the fruits are known to grow so fast you can almost see them growing in front of your eyes. One plant can produce up to 100 okra. Okra left on the stem too long will become tough and essentially unfit for use. Okra is grown for fresh-eating but it also has many other purposes. Okra plants are grown commercially for pickling and canning alone or as a canned soup ingredient, while the seeds are also harvested for making oil and in some cultures are ground and used as a coffee substitute or supplement.
Green okra has a torpedo-shaped pod ranging in lengths of five to six inches when harvested mature. The pods are pale lime to lime green in color, their exterior has furrowed lengthwise grooves. The skin can often be fuzzy to prickly, which can cause an allergic reaction to sensitive skin. The flesh bears a tender spongy membrane with many small white seeds. Okra is known less for its lean flavor and more for its sticky sap that creates the flesh's gelatinous texture.
With okra, harvesting young tender fruits and knowledge of how to cook it are two key ingredients. Okra is historically not eaten alone, rather paired in a multitude of recipes alongside ingredients with bold, complex flavors and varying textures. Okra is most often used as a soup or stew ingredient, though its textures and flavors are truly enhanced when fried and grilled. Okra pairs well with basil, bacon, beet greens, butter, cream, garlic, ham, lemon, kale, onions, parsley, olive oil, pickled vegetables, chile peppers and peppercorns, paprika, tomatoes and turnips.
Okra is native to what is referred to as the Abyssinian center of origin of cultivated plants. This region includes present-day Ethiopia and the mountainous area of Eritrea. Historically, there was little contact with this region, thus there limited and speculative documented evidence about its ancient agricultural relevance or how it was distributed throughout Africa. It was during the 12th Century that okra was transported to Arabia from Egypt via the Red Sea. It was then adapted throughout the Mediterranean and eastward in Asia. Okra reached the New World via the triangular trade route, arriving in Brazil in the 17th Century from Africa. French colonists brought the first okra seeds to America in Louisiana, a precursor to okra establishing itself as a predominant ingredient in Southern American cooking. Okra is a warm-season crop, requires full sun and can even tolerate little rain or irrigation. Like many crops, okra prefers to be planted alongside specific plants. Companion plants include basil, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, and southern peas.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|San Diego Culinary Institute Inc.||La Mesa CA||619-644-2100|
|The Craftsman New American Tavern||Encinitas CA||760-415-2380|
|The Pearl Hotel||San Diego CA||877-732-7573|
|Alchemy Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-255-0616|
|Barleymash||San Diego CA||619-276-6700 x304|
Recipes that include Okra. One is easiest, three is harder.
|My Recipes||Fried Okra Tacos|
|My Recipes||Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon Basil Dipping Sauce|
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Near Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
About 18 days ago
Spotter's comments : I spotted Green Okra at ???? ?? ???????! Fresh green okra is available in the Japanese supermarket in small packages.
Near Shanghai, Shanghai, China
About 34 days ago
Spotter's comments : Fresh Okra is available at Parkson' s Supermarket. Staff says its grown in Japan.
Near Dudley, United Kingdom
About 45 days ago
Spotter's comments : on the ice bed
Diamond Belle Saloon
New Mexico, United States
About 48 days ago
Spotter's comments : Gumbo with okra, yum!
Near Bradford, United Kingdom
About 77 days ago
Near Pudsey, United Kingdom
About 78 days ago
Near Bradford, United Kingdom
About 102 days ago