Raw 'Pickled' Okra

30 Jul
Raw Green and Purple ‘Pickled’ Okra
We visited a dear friend yesterday and she invited us to pick some of her tomatoes, cucumbers and okra.  What a treat!  My vegetable garden was not so successful this year, so it was very nice to be able to taste her array of fresh homegrown produce.  Our son couldn’t get enough of the cherry tomatoes and loved his bite of raw plain okra!  I devoured my okra.  My friend couldn’t believe I would eat okra raw.  But young okra, when not over 4 inches, is not stringy and deliciously crunchy.  She said when she was pregnant, she couldn’t get enough of pickled okra!  For some reason, I couldn’t get that off my mind.  I went by our local produce farm today and bought some young okra  to ‘pickle’.  This is so addictive!  

Mix together in a bowl:

1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds 
2 tsp sea salt 
1 big clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp dried dill
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Add:
1 pound small okra, remove stems, leave caps on
Mix thoroughly and allow to marinate at least 15 minutes.
Okra is highly nutritious.  The daily values from just 1 cup of raw okra are 35% Vitamin C, 66% Vitamin K, 13% Thiamin, 11% Vitamin B6, 22% Folate, 14% Magnesium, 50% Manganese.  And in Ayurveda, okra is considered an aphrodisiac. 
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3 Responses to “Raw 'Pickled' Okra”

  1. Toni January 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I’m still learning about raw foods, and I’m curious about something. If I don’t cook the okra, put it in the jar raw, but then process the jar in a water bath or pressure cooker to seal the jar is it still considered “raw?” If so, I’ll have to bring you a jar of my canned okra from this summer!! It turned out yummy, and even my 19-month-old, vegetable-avoiding toddler loves it. LOL.

    • Mama In The Kitchen January 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Hi Toni, I would think it would be cooked because it gets hot in a water bath. It is considered a raw food if it isn’t cooked above 112F. Above this, enzymes are destroyed, which helps us fight disease and improve digestion. Thanks for reading! 😉

      • Toni January 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

        Good to know!! I wasn’t sure about the temperature. We’re learning more and more about raw and incorporating various raw foods throughout our day. It definitely keeps it interesting!! LOL Thanks for writing back and keep up the fantastic blogging!!

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