New fruits and vegetables are continuing to show up at the farmer’s market and I make it a goal to take home something that I haven’t tried. This week was okra. Actually, I did try it when I was home last summer visiting my mom and helping in her garden. She pickled it with a bunch of other veggies from her garden (cucumbers, garlic, swiss chard stems, and green beans) which turned out great, but the slime of the okra kind of threw me off.
Seeing how vibrant and stunning they were at the market, I had to give it another try. I cut them into bite size pieces, soaked them in an egg wash and rolled them in an italian seasoned bread crumb and panko mixture. I added some crushed red pepper flakes since we like things with spice around here. Once they baked for about 20-25 minutes, the slime dried up and it was like eating a crispy, fried jalapeño popper (without the deep frying part). They were pretty good! Not sure how else to eat them, so if you have any suggestions let me know!
I’ve also heard of eating the flower of squash. Unfortunately I forgot about them in the fridge and they went bad before I had a chance to try them, but they made for a pretty picture!
1. Radishes | 2. Heirloom Tomatoes | 3. Herbs $1.50
4. Fresh Flowers | 5. Cucumbers | 6. Yellow Peaches
7. South Pasadena Farmer’s Market | 8. Carrots | 9. Bell Peppers