What is a Chinese Okra?
- This interesting vegetable is known by many names, including silk gourd, sing qua and vegetable sponge. It is used in southern China, Southeast Asia and Japan. Spines or ridges run the length of this gourd, which can grow up to 9 feet long. Its interior is soft and spongy with a sweet and mild zucchini-like flavor.
How to Eat
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove most of the outer skin and rough ridges. Use in mild coconut milk curries or stir-fried with meat or other vegetables.
- Excellent source of vitamin C.
How to Choose
- Choose unblemished okra.
How to Store
- Refrigerate in a paper bag up to 1 week.
when are they in season?
- Limited availability in the U.S.