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North Carolina Okra

North Carolina OkraLong popular in the South, okra is becoming increasingly common in supermarkets and green grocers all over the country.

Okra's flavor and texture are unique. Its taste falls somewhere between that of eggplant and asparagus, and, not surprisingly, it marries well with other vegetables, particularly tomatoes, peppers, and corn.


Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients. Nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid are also present in a half cup of cooked okra.


North Carolina Okra Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Okra

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling, Forced Air Cooling

Optimum Temp ºF

45-50ºF

Freezing Temp ºF

29ºF

Optimum Humidity %

90-95%

Normal Storage Life

7-10 days

 
Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125