The Paleo List Answers:IS OKRA PALEO?
Throughout the U.S., okra is often forgotten outside of its fried form, but it is served in various ways, especially in other regions of the world. We’ll take a look at a few f the non-fried options and decide: is Okra Paleo?
What is Okra?
Okra is a flowering plant with origins in West Africa, Ethiopia, and South Asia, where it often goes by different names, including ladies’ fingers and bhindi. Okra is sometimes pickled, but is generally battered and fried because once sliced and cooked it oozes a slimy goo (it is called mucilage). You can avoid this by cooking it intact, or adding a little acidity to help. If you cook okra for a long time, such as in gumbo, the goo dissolves.
Okra is a decent source of vitamins C and K, and low in starch and carbs.
Is Okra Paleo?
Yes! Okra is Paleo! Although the standard breaded-and-fried versions are not Paleo, you can certainly make your own Paleo version of fried okra with almond meal and coconut oil, and even crisp it up in the oven instead of on the stovetop. Check out the links below for more recipe ideas.
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