Okra may be the most meaningful vegetable for this singular moment

Because it’s so important in Black American cooking, it’s a great time to discover its virtues.

Fresh okra pods are spread on a brown basket.
Fresh okra pods are spread on a brown basket.
Fresh okra is at peak season in late summer and early fall | Photo by Leslie Brenner
A bowl of okra sautéd with red onion, garlic, peanuts and tomato, prepared from a recipe by chef Marcus Samuelsson
A bowl of okra sautéd with red onion, garlic, peanuts and tomato, prepared from a recipe by chef Marcus Samuelsson
Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Spicy Okra, prepared from a recipe in ‘Discovery of a Continent’ | Photo by Leslie Brenner
Charred okra, made on a stovetop grill or griddle, on a green-and-white plate. The recipe is from Cooks Without Borders.
Charred okra, made on a stovetop grill or griddle, on a green-and-white plate. The recipe is from Cooks Without Borders.
Charred Okra with a Little Spice, a recipe from Cooks Without Borders | Photo by Leslie Brenner
Shrimp, andouille sausage and okra gumbo with white rice, served in a white bowl. The recipe is from Cooks Without Borders.
Shrimp, andouille sausage and okra gumbo with white rice, served in a white bowl. The recipe is from Cooks Without Borders.
Shrimp, andouille sausage and okra gumbo | Photo by Leslie Brenner

James Beard Award-winning journalist, author, cook and consultant, Leslie is founder of cookswithoutborders.com.

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