Okra and Tomatoes

Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a side dish with fried chicken
    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

  • About

Whoever combined tomatoes and okra first was a fusion chef avant la lettre. Okra, a gift from Africa to the rest of the world, came westward across the Atlantic as an unintended consequence of the slave trade—and met the tomato on its native ground. It must actually have occurred to cook after cook that the acidity of the tomato would be a nice match for the mildly astringent and otherwise unassertive okra. Today, it is a classic combination, toned up with onions. The tomato disguise