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Attractive bushy plants to 1m, with green leaves and burgundy stems, branches,
leaf ribs and unique red spineless pods. This unusual member of the hibiscus
family has an important part in African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, as well
as in the American South where the red variant was developed. Very prolific
and tolerates cooler growing conditions.
STEWS – SOUPS – FRY – GRILL – STEAM – DRY
How To Grow
Sow seeds 5mm (¼in) deep, cover, firm down and keep moist.
When To Plant
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Roasted Potato and Red Okra salad
2 lb small potatoes such as fingerling, red, or yellow-fleshed
1 large bunch scallions, white parts halved lengthwise and remainder reserved for another use
2 large fresh rosemary sprigs, plus 1/2 teaspoon chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 lb small (2- to 3-inch) red okra
2 cups shelled fresh fava beans (2 1/2 lb in pods) or shelled fresh or frozen edamame (soybeans; 1 1/2 lb in pods if fresh)
1 cup fresh corn (from 1 to 2 ears)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1) Roast potatoes and okra:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
2) Halve potatoes lengthwise and toss with scallion pieces, rosemary sprigs, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread potato mixture in a large roasting pan and roast, stirring once, 20 minutes. Stir potatoes and add red okra to pan, tossing to coat. Continue to roast until okra and potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes more.
3) Cook beans and corn while potatoes roast:
Cook beans in 1 quart (unsalted) boiling water in a 3- to 4-quart pot 3 minutes, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking. Gently peel off skins.
4) Return water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon salt, then cook corn until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain corn in a sieve and immediately transfer to bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking. Drain corn again.
5) Make dressing and assemble salad:
Whisk together lemon juice, shallot, chopped rosemary, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until combined. Discard rosemary sprigs, then add hot potatoes and okra to dressing along with beans, corn, and salt to taste, tossing to combine. Cool salad to warm before serving.