Didn’t think I’d be able to order tomatoes this week from Greg of Gaskil Greens (one of our certified organic farmers) on account of the rain. Although healthy for the growth of tomatoes, he explained how the boxes get damp and tend to collapse into several pieces. But the sun has come at the perfect time to dry them before packing. How little we know about the challenges of getting us our produce!
You will also see okra in your boxes on Tuesday. They come from Rita Kelman, a farmer in Penrith, who provides us incredibly fresh herbs and Asian greens, Also known as Gumbo or lady’s fingers, okra are native to tropical Africa. It is an edible fruit pod of a plant related to the hibiscus. The mucilages that make the okra so sticky when cooked, are the source of soluble dietary fibre. 1/2 cup of cooked okra is a good source of vitamin C and fibre, as well as a source of niacin, folate, potassium, magnesium, and a low joule food.
Okra can be served raw, marinated in a salad and is beautiful cooked with tomatoes, onions and garlic. It makes an excellent pickle! My favourite is to make an okra curry with chilli, coriander and coconut milk.
Fortunately for us, okra is among the most drought tolerant vegetable species in the world.
Hope you enjoy!