Gumbo, okra, or lady’s fingers, you name it. This flowering plant originates from the mallow family and is famous for its edible green pods that have numerous health benefits.
Besides being used as a thickening agent in soups and stews, the pods also offer a great nutritional value due to the high levels of vitamins and minerals. Gumbo is an excellent natural remedy as well, and it can treat anything from diabetes to kidney disease.
You can consume it fried, boiled, stewed, roasted or pickled, and you will still get its health benefits. But, first of all you must know how to open the pods.
- Pierce the pods from both sides with a knife
- Put them in a mason jar and cover with water
- Leave them to soak overnight, and then squeeze them in the water to extract all the excess sap and drink the mixture.
This plant is abundant in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The pods will improve your circulation and lower the cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of several types of cancer. They will also boost your energy levels, treat depression, lung inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and soothing sore throat.