Okra





Many people may come across Okra (sometimes Bamya) on Cretan menus and not know what it is. It is a vegetable eaten in Latin America, Africa, India and SE Europe (Greece & Turkey) and the Levant. In Britain it is available in Turkish and Greek shops, and is becoming more widely available in the supermarkets.

Okra is a green vegetable, reminiscent of a small courgette. The taste is more similar to green beans or green pepper after it has been overcooked. Okra has a unique taste which is hard to describe –just try it!

Okra can be a side-dish or the main meal in Greece. The vegetables will come with plenty of olive oil, occasionally accompanied by potatoes and carrots. Due to the amount of oil, okra is a satisfying meal at a cheap price. A plate of okra with bread in a restaurant will cost €4-5 and will make a nice light lunch.
 

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