Okra probably originated in West Africa and came to the Americas with the slaves. Okra pods should be harvested when they are young and tender. If okra is hard to cut with a sharp knife, it’s too tough for cooking.
I’m just learning the part about toughness. I bought some okra at the farmer’s market last Saturday. I cooked it and brought it to work for lunch and the tough ones were so hard and tough I couldn’t chew them. You learn something new every day!
Ways to cook okra:
Classic Fried Okra
I sauteed mine in olive oil. Yum yum and not slimy as I didn’t cook them too long.
Here’s a recipe from the Pioneer Woman. Enjoy!