Dried Okra

New Orleans, LA –

Hi, this is Richard McCarthy with the WWNO Farmers Market Minute By the time November rolls around, I've eaten so much okra that I'm nearly at a loss as to what to do next with this beloved slimy green fiber from West Africa. So, what do you think about using okra for decorative flower arrangements? Northshore farmers Lucy Capdebosq and Shirley Randon harvest burgundy okra. It makes for an exotic floral arrangement. Equally as puzzling as it is dramatic, Garyville farmers Christine and Burley Monica are harvesting dried okra from their fields along the Mississippi River. Yes, twelve-foot high dried okra plants! They cut them down to reasonable heights and sell bundles as dried flowers. And if you grow tired of the dried motif, break open the pods and save them for spring planting in your vegetable or flower garden. For the WWNO farmers market minute, this is Richard McCarthy.