Thursday, November 15, 2012


Otherwise known as Lady Finger or gumbo, okra comes with a gorgeous flower when sprouting.  It belongs in the mallow family and quite a photogenic plant.  However, I am not one to appreciate its taste nor its "goo." 

There are those, to minimize the slime, would keep the pods intact, and cook them briefly, such as stir-frying. Adding acidic ingredients like a few drops of lemon juice, tomatoes, or vinegar may help also. 

Alternatively, according to Wikipedia, the pods can be sliced thinly and cooked for a long time so the slime dissolves, as in gumbo. The leaves can also be cooked and used as a soup thickener.  On the other hand, the immature pods may also be pickled.

Of most interest was when I came across about okra in the Daily Healthy Living Tips page on Facebook.  It claims this plant is effective in addressing diabetes.

The following is its recommended preparation and usage:

Take two pieces of okra and remove/cut both ends of each piece. Also put a small cut in the middle and put these two pieces in glass of water.  Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during night.  

The following early morning, before breakfast simply remove the two pieces of okra from the glass and drink that water.

Keep doing it on daily basis. Within two weeks, you will see remarkable results in reduction of your sugar. 

The author's sister supposedly got rid of her diabetes in this manner. She was on Insulin for a few years, but after taking the okra every morning for a few months, she has stopped Insulin, but she continues to take the okra regimen every day. But she chops the lady fingers into fine pieces in the night, adds the water and drinks it.

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1 comment:

  1. Funny that you picked on okra to write about. I hated it before I like it but I do not know when, how or where the transition came about.