Southern delicacy gains popularity because of versatility Okra long has been popular in the South, a staple of Creole cooking, and is one of the main ingredients in gumbo. It originally was brought to the U.S. from Africa, either by the French who settled in Louisiana or West African slaves.
The okra in Herald Food Editor Jeff Tiedeman's garden is young and tender — and perfect for gumbo — the likes of which can be found at Chef Jeff, the Red River Valley's newest food blog of fun, at Chef Jeff
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