This fuzzy green vegetable can be offputting due to its slimy texture when cut open. However, using cooking techniques to get rid of some of the sticky slime, okra can make a delicious addition to your diet. It's certainly a staple in southern cooking, where it is often fried with a cornmeal batter. Even fried, okra is a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C.

To avoid the slime, do not wash the okra pods until just before you cook them and avoid cutting the vegetable as much as possible. Then it can be steamed, boiled, pickled, sautèed, or fried.