Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers,” is a green flowering plant that belongs to the same family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seed pods of the plant. Every Southerner has their favorite preparation, and no other vegetable tastes quite like it. Try it pickled for an addictive, tangy treat. Coat with crushed southern pecans and fry for fried pecan okra. Also commonly referred to as “gumbo” down south, okra is a staple of most gumbo recipes because when sliced and cooked for a long time it releases starchy juices that thicken the stew. If you don’t like that starchy texture, you can quick sauté them whole. They’ll still be delicious.