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 Posted: Wed Mar 4th, 2009 03:17 pm
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Just found this, which explains how it thickens. Gotta say though, if it tastes even close to asparagus, it's off my list as I find asparagus the single most vile tasting food in the world:

The seed pods are 3 - 10 inches long, tapering, usually with ribs down its length. These tender, unripe seed pods are used as a vegetable, and have a unique texture and sweet flavor. The pods, when cut, exude a mucilaginous juice that is used to thicken stews (gumbo), and have a flavor somewhat like a cross between asparagus and eggplant.

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