Other uses

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & LIFE -

Other things you can do with okra if you can’t bring your­self to eat it:

Chop okra stalks, soak in wa­ter and make paper out of the fibers. Save some mu­cilage for glue. Re­ally. Google ‘okra paper’ for step-by-step in­struc­tions from sev­eral dif­fer­ent sources.

If you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing di­ges­tive dis­tress, col­lect a cou­ple of ta­ble­spoons of mu­cilage, stir it into a glass of wa­ter or fruit juice and drink it down once a day un­til you’re feel­ing bet­ter. It’s con­sid­ered a par­tic­u­larly good home rem­edy for heart­burn and con­sti­pa­tion.

Dry the pods and save them for a rainy-day craft project. An okra wreath, per­haps?

And fi­nally, my fa­vorite: Slice a pod in half, dip it in paint and use it as an artsy stamp.

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