Okra is the best
Okra is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to vegetable crops. In which countries and in what century it appeared, they cannot say for sure, but most of all this product is loved in Europe, Asia and America. They value okra, by the way, also called “gombo”, “okra” or “ladies' fingers” for its rich chemical composition, which is why it is used in many areas of human life.
The fruits of okra have the appearance of pods of a pyramidal shape, similar to green pepper with a thin hairy coating.
Okra, or Okra, or Gombo, or Lady's fingers (Abelmoschus esculentus) - a species of plants of the genus Abelmosh (Abelmoschus) Malva family (Malvaceae), vegetable crop.
What is the use of okra?
Okra in its composition can compete with the most useful foods known to mankind. Okra's value lies in the presence of special nutrients: a large number of B vitamins, folic and ascorbic acids, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, iron, essential protein compounds and the dietary fiber necessary for the human body allow okra to be considered a real gem among plant foods.
Okra as an additional aid in medical medicine, disease prevention and cosmetology
Okra is quite widely used in Ayurveda (the traditional system of Indian medicine) to increase the general tone of the body, restore energy, in order to comprehensively rejuvenate and restore cells. With its help, it is much easier to deal with the state of depression, chronic fatigue, weakness, spleen and emotional exhaustion.
Since okra contains a specific mucus that is extremely useful for the work of the gastrointestinal tract, it is used in the treatment of the corresponding organs. This product allows you to establish the intestinal microflora, and, as a result, successfully get rid of constipation, diarrhea or bloating. Okra can significantly improve the condition of the liver and biliary tract, relieve excess cholesterol, bile and dangerous toxins. For diabetics, the plant will also come in handy due to the ability of okra to lower blood sugar.
Okra is used to prevent and develop diabetes, colorectal cancer, and cataracts. The role of this product is also important for maintaining the normal state of blood vessels, musculoskeletal system, including muscle tone. Due to the huge amount of folic acid, a herbal product will be extremely beneficial for pregnant women, nursing mothers. The antiseptic properties of okra help to eliminate colds, flu as quickly as possible, and significantly increase the body's resistance to various infections.
In cosmetology, okra is able to work miracles. From the pulp of the plant, you can make face masks that help cleanse the skin from acne, even out complexion, get rid of dryness and peeling. Healing balm is useful for people with weakened and dull hair. You can cook it this way: cook okra pods cut into small strips, cook until the broth acquires a mucous consistency. After the mixture cools down, add a small amount of lemon juice to it and apply on the hair. Hold for a while and rinse.
Okra in cooking: delicious, healthy and versatile
Okra is not only useful, but also a universal product in cooking due to its neutral taste. In the preparation of various dishes, mainly pods from 8 to 10 cm in size are used. Torn okra cannot be kept for a long time, since it tends to deteriorate quickly.
The green pods are subjected to various processing: boiled, stewed, fried or served raw. The fried ingredient is served as a side dish for meat and fish dishes, and stew is preferred to be added to vegetables (tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, garlic and many others). Boiled okra perfectly "gets along" with soups, stews and salads.
Okra is prepared quickly and easily. But it is worth remembering: it is not necessary to use copper or cast-iron utensils for the preparation of this product - such kitchen utensils can spoil the beautiful green color of the pods. You can season it with olive or butter, add curry, ginger or marjoram - so the dish will play brighter with mouth-watering taste colors.
From well-roasted okra seeds, a drink with an interesting taste reminiscent of coffee is prepared. Their properties are similar - the aromatic liquid is extremely invigorating and tones.
Okra is ideal for people who, for various reasons, adhere to a low-calorie diet. Thanks to only 40 Kcal per 100 grams of product, this plant is recommended to use in the presence of strict restrictions on the number of calories in the diet, as using the valuable composition of okra helps to avoid vitamin deficiency and other unpleasant consequences for the body.
Okra can be consumed by almost everyone, with the exception of allergic reactions to this product.