Good quality okra pods should be clean, fresh looking, tender, and well shaped. Avoid misshapen or decayed pods.
Storing and Handling
Temperature/humidity recommendations for short-term
storage of seven days or less:
45-50 degrees F/7-10 degrees C
85-95% relative humidity
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Handle okra with care to avoid bruising.
Pitting; discoloration; water-soaked spots; decay:
These are indications of chill injury. To prevent chill injury, do not store okra below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C.
Yellow discoloration; tough texture; rapid decay:
Storing okra at high temperatures may cause rapid deterioration and discoloration. For best quality, maintain short-term storage temperature of 45-50 degrees F/7-10 degrees C. Use or display okra soon after receiving.
Exposing okra to low humidity will cause product shriveling. For best quality, maintain humidity level of 85-95%.
Okra is very susceptible to bruising and will turn black. For best quality, keep handling to a minimum; do not drop shipping containers on the floor.
Yellowing; loss of green color:
Okra is sensitive to ethylene; exposure to the gas may cause yellowing and loss of green color. Keep okra away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.
Slightly curved, carrot-shaped pod with shallow ridges and fuzzy, green exterior. Pods range in size from 2-7 inches.
Bushel baskets, crates, cartons, and hampers of various weights
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NOTE: Not all okra is graded. Ungraded okra is called “unclassified.”
Okra is very perishable; use or display soon after receiving. Keep okra away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.
J & D PRODUCE, INC. P. O. Box 1548
7310 N. Expressway 281 (78541), Edinburg, TX 78540 PHONE # - 956-380-0353 FAX # - 956-380-0325 CONTACT - Mr. Jimmy Bassetti WEB SITE - http://www.littlebearproduce.com/Company.htm EMAIL - email@example.com
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