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Roasted Okra

While you may not think of okra as a crowd favorite, it's one of the more popular vegetables requested by our partners. Okra grows as a stalk with edible pods and leaves that have lots of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Of course, there’s no getting around the “goo” — whether you like it or not. (We like it!)

This recipe for roasted okra comes from the wonderful food blog Cardamom and Tea with gratitude from us here at SPI. Kathryn Pauline addresses the goo-troversy head-on with a few suggestions for managing okra to your liking.

Read the full article on Cardamom and Tea →

Roasted Okra

Yield: 4 servings
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10 ounces okra, sliced in half lengthwise
  • A few tiny hot peppers or 1 sliced jalapeño or serrano
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 10 whole garlic cloves
  • 8 to 12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 475° F.
  2. Coat the halved okra, hot peppers, onion slices, garlic cloves, and tomatoes in the olive oil, salt, coriander, and cumin.
  3. Place on a sheet pan in one layer. If you want gooey, slimy okra, turn them all cut-side-down. If you want to minimize the sliminess, turn them all cut-side-up.
  4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until everything is slightly charred and tender.



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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.