Friday, June 27, 2014

Dare to try Red Okra!

Ingredient Highlight : Red Okra

The other day I was really excited to bring to the market the first harvested red okra from our gardens! I was really disappointed when no one dared to try the red okra! Comments were : What is that ? Red okra really? I have never seen red okra before and; Where is the green okra?

Since nobody purchased it I decided to take some home. I was determined to show that red okra could be delicious. The funny thing - It was also my first time trying red okra :)

What happened as I cooked it was surprising. As the pan started to heat, the red okra started transforming to the familiar green we all know! Take a look at the pictures I took while cooking red okra.

Red Okra before cooking

Red okra after adding it to the hot pan for a couple of minutes

cooked red okra!

It was very fun to cook and it was really delicious!

The recipe I made was adapted from a recipe I found online

Spiced Red Okra  
This recipe is good as a side dish. Yields 3 servings. 


  • Red Okra 1 pint - Cut in rounds ( you could also use green okra) 
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Lime - 1/2 lime or more if you like it. 
  • Cayenne Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Oil - I used grape seed oil but any oil you have available should work
  1. Heat oil in a cast iron pan add cumin seeds and fry until they start to get brown.
  2. Add the okra and stir fry on medium heat about 1-2 minutes. When they start to change color add the juice of 1/2 a lime. This will take care of the slime. 
  3. Add other spices and stir fry. cook for 2-3 minutes Cover the pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes ( 3-4 minutes). Open the lid and let it cook on high heat for a couple of more minutes on high heat until the okra has a green/ brown color.  Make sure to keep stirring constantly to avoid the okra from burning or sticking to the pan. 
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. 
Final thought : Dare to try new things you may be surprised to find whats out there!

by Rosamar Torres, Programs and Communications Manager

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mobile Market expands to Senior Center in the Lower 9th Ward

A couple of weeks ago our mobile market added a stop at the Lower 9th Ward Senior Center! Every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm we park our truck at the back of the center located between Egania St. and Claiborne in the Lower 9th Ward. There we are received by a group of seniors happily expecting their produce, especially collards, okra and fruits.

It has been really exciting for us to expand our market and bring fresh produce to the seniors in our community and to increase their access to healthy produce.

Additionally, the Veggie Power Program (VPD) was added in order to increase the purchasing power of seniors citizens at the center. Through the VPD seniors who purchase $5 dollars worth of fresh fruits or vegetables get $2 off their purchase.

We expect to add another stop very soon! Stay tuned! 
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