Okra has the best quality when pods are immature and 2 to 3 inches long. The pod should be bright green with small seeds. Pick 3 to 7 days after the flower wilts. Getting top quality may require daily harvesting. Overmature pods are woody, hollow, and pithy. To keep the plants producing, remove all overmature pods.

Use Storage Method 2. Chill immediately. Okra will keep for 7 to 10 days.

Nutrition note: 1/2 cup cooked okra contains 26 calories and 2 grams of fiber, is an excellent source of vitamin C (22% DV), and contains small amounts of vitamin A (9% DV), calcium (5% DV), and iron (2% DV). Color = green.

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