Quimbombo may refer to both the pods and the prepared stew in all of its variations. When choosing okra, look for shorter pods, no longer than 3 inches long, that are firm and unblemished. The pods should be well rinsed, dried and trimmed just before using. To cut down on the mucilage, sliced pods can also be pre-soaked in cold water with about a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Drain well before using. The okra should only be added in the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking so that they're tender but not mushy.
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