Foodie Penpal July: What is Dried Okra Anyways?
This month, I was paired up with Wanda from Alabama, and she sent me a box of goodies that represent her state!
The box included sugar wafers – which I loved as a child, a chocolate crab, some local dried okra from The Fresh Market, local honey, slaw and salad dressing, enriched rice, homemade strawberry fig jam, courtesy of Wanda herself and a nice little note explaining that everything (except the crab) was made in Alabama!
That jam she made was awesome (recipe please!) and went well on a peanut butter sandwich that I promptly made. The sugar wafers went down rather quickly and although I have not tried everything, my absolute favorite was the amazing dried okra! What? I don’t even like cooked okra. Fried? Maybe with a good dipping sauce. But dried? Crispy, lightly sweet undertones and a mild sprinkle of salt. Totally an amazing snack and now I am on a mission to find someone around here who sells it.
Thanks for that new obsession Wanda.
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