If you have an okra plant growing in your garden, you may have noticed that it has tiny white flowers on top of the plant. These flowers are pretty, but you may also wonder if they’re edible or not.
Can You Eat Okra Flowers?
The answer is yes! You can eat okra flowers as long as they aren’t sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. You can eat them raw or cooked. Okra flowers can be used in salads and other dishes.
Are There Any Risks To Eating Okra Flowers?
The okra flower is an edible part of the plant and does not contain any harmful toxins or chemicals. However, there are some risks associated with eating okra flowers.
The risk is minimal, but if you have a pollen allergy or if you have been diagnosed with hay fever, it may be best to avoid eating okra flowers because they contain pollen that can trigger allergic reactions.
If you do not have a pollen allergy and you have no other health problems, then eating okra flowers should be fine for most people.
Benefits Of Eating Okra Flowers
Okra flowers have a lot of nutrition that you can benefit from.
Below are some of the benefits of incorporating okra flowers into your diet:
1) Okra flower is rich in vitamins A and C, folate, calcium, and magnesium. Vitamin A helps in preventing night blindness, dry eyes, and skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema, while vitamin C helps in healing wounds faster and boosting immunity against infections.
2) Okra flower contains potassium which helps maintain blood pressure levels already within normal range. Potassium also helps maintain normal heart rate and muscle function by sending electrical impulses through nerve cells in your body.
3) High fiber content found in okra flower helps prevent constipation and reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing waste from your body more quickly than other foods do which means less time for toxins to build up inside your body!
What Do Okra Flowers Taste Like?
Okra flowers taste similar to their vegetable counterpart, okra pods. They have a mild flavor and are often added to salads or soups for an interesting texture.
You can also use them to make tea, or fry them in butter for an unusual side dish.
Where Can I Get Okra Flowers?
Okra flowers are available at many grocery stores and farmer’s markets during the summer months. If you have an okra plant in your yard, you can pluck some fresh flowers from it yourself.
If you don’t have one growing nearby, try planting some seeds in your garden or potting them up indoors to enjoy later on.
How To Clean Okra Flowers
Okra is a very popular vegetable, but most people don’t know how to clean okra flowers. These delicate flowers are used in many recipes and should be cleaned properly before cooking.
Below are the steps to clean them:
Step 1: Wash the okra flower under cool running water. Use a small brush if there is any dirt or residue on the surface of the flower.
Step 2: Soak them in warm water for 10 minutes to soften them up. This will make it easier for you to remove any dirt from beneath their petals.
Step 3: Use your hands to gently remove any dirt from beneath the petals without damaging them. Rinse under cool running water again after removing the dirt from beneath the petals.
How To Eat Okra Flowers
Okra is a vegetable that can be eaten in many ways. Okra flowers are edible as well and are used in many cuisines across the world. Here are some methods to eat okra flowers:
1. Fried Okra Flowers
One of the ways to eat okra flowers is to fry them. This makes a tasty and crunchy snack.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or shortening for frying (about 2-inch depth)
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Step 2: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, pour in vegetable oil so it is about 2 inches deep.
Step 3: Heat oil until it reaches 375 degrees.
Step 4: Dredge okra flower in batter and place into hot oil quickly. Cook for about 1 minute or until golden brown.
Step 5: Remove from pan and drain on paper towels before serving with ranch dressing or other dipping sauce of your choice.
2. Okra Flower Salad
Okra flower salad is a delicious way to incorporate okra into your diet. This dish is easy to make and can be served as a side dish or a main course.
Start by placing the okra flowers in a colander. Rinse the flowers under cold running water until they are free of dirt and sediment.
Then place the rinsed okra flower into a bowl. Add the diced onions and tomatoes to the bowl.
Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with your hands or a spoon until everything is well combined.
3. Steamed Okra Flower Salad with Beef or Chicken
Steamed okra flower salad with beef or chicken is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy a serving of greens. It’s also easy to make and can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish for lunch or dinner.
The steamed okra flower is crunchy, tasty, and nutritious. The salad has a nice combination of ingredients that will make you feel full after eating it; it’s perfect for those who are on a diet.
You can use either beef or chicken in this recipe, but I recommend using chicken because it’s easier to cook than beef and it has less fat. If you want to use beef, then cook it first before adding it to the salad so that you don’t burn it while cooking the vegetables in hot water.
The recipe is below:
- 2 lbs beef or chicken (may be mixed)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
Step 1: Rinse the meat and cut it into bite-size pieces. Add the meat to a small pot, and add water, salt, and ground pepper.
Step 2: Cover and let it boil for 10-15 minutes until tender.
Step 3: Drain the meat and set it aside to cool down.
Step 4: Cut out the stems of the okra flower and discard them; then, thinly slice the petals into strips.
Step 5: Add some oil to a pan, heat over medium heat, add garlic cloves, and stir until they turn golden brown color; then, add sliced okra flowers into the pan with garlic cloves and stir until they become soft (around 3 minutes).
Step 6: Add cooked beef/chicken into a pan with okra flowers; stir well until everything blends well together well (about 1 minute).
Step 7: Turn off the heat when done cooking and transfer it onto a serving plate. Serve immediately with a dipping sauce of your choice!
As you can see, you can eat okra flowers. The flowers can be eaten raw or used in a recipe. Just make sure that the flowers have not been treated with any pesticides and that it’s fresh.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.