Lady's fingers or okra in some parts of
the world is actually a 5 angled pod with large sticky seeds inside.
The young pods can be eaten raw, sliced, fried or used in stews, meat
dishes and omelets.
Nutrition wise, this vegetable boasts of
ample amounts of vitamins and minerals which our body needs. A 100
gram serving of lady's finger contain 77 mg calcium, 32 mg phosphorus,
1.5 mg iron 30mg sodium, 80 mg potassium, 33 mg vitamin A, 0.1 mg
vitamin B1, 0.16 mg vitamin B2, 0.7 mg niacin, 19.3 mg vitamin C.
Its vitamin A content is eleven
times more than that found in an equal portion of cauliflower and
about seven times more than the content in cabbage. It contains six
times as much phosphorus and twice as much calcium as the cabbage. It
also has an appreciable amount of vitamin C
So next time you want to buy a
nutritious vegetable, think of the slender lady's finger.