Okra is an excellent food. As you slice it, you'll notice the ooze. That ooze is terrific for digestion. It's similar to flax as they're both great emoliants.
I grew up on fried okra. My grandmother would make it in the summer for Sunday supper (which was really lunch, but she refers to it as supper). It was delicious. I enjoyed it even when it was burnt. Pickled okra is another way to enjoy it too.
I roasted eggplant, potato, zucchini, okra with garlic, ginger, olive oil & basil for dinner the other night. It turned out better than expected. But it's not the same as cornmeal-dusted, sauteed okra. Mmm.