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Spines on okra?

BluPlateSpec | | Aug 9, 2008 10:15 AM

I picked out a bunch of fresh okra at my local farmers' market and developed an intense itching on the back of my fingers, almost like an allergic reaction. The seller told me she never touches that stuff because she gets the same reaction from the tiny spines on it. Does scrubbing with a vegetable brush and cooking okra remove these spines? I'm concerned about getting the same reaction when eating okra. Should I be concerned?

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