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Can you still eat okra with black spots?
Is it OK to cook okra with black spots? If you are buying your okra, look for small, green pods. If the pods have a lot of black and brown spots on them, pass them by. Frozen okra is okay for stews and gumbo, but the breaded okra for frying is at best a poor substitute for the real thing.
What does moldy okra look like?
Okra should be bright green, and never dark green or brown, or have black spots or mould. Okra that has gone bad will feel sticky or slimy to the touch and have created a thin mucus or membrane that coats the pod.
What is the black stuff in okra?
This “mucilage” or slime contains soluble fiber that we can digest. Some folks enjoy this texture, while others try to mask the slippery nature of the pods. Keeping the pods intact and briefly cooking (think stir fry) can help to minimize the sliminess of the pod.
How do you prepare old okra?
Cooking Giant Okra
Or, slit the pods down the side and stuff them with a bit of cheese or spicy meat mixture (an Indian mixture like kheema would be delicious) and bake at 350 F to 375 F, covered, until everything is wonderfully tender.
How do you stop okra from being slimy?
Add a Souring Agent. This is the best way to ensure that you have non-slimy Okra at the end of the cooking process. Within 5-10 minutes of adding Okra to the pan, add a souring agent of choice or based on the recipe you choose. This can be lemon juice, vinegar, amchoor (raw mango powder) or even tamarind.