Easy on the eyes and taste buds, this high yielding, stunning plant produces slender burgundy pods. Beware! Beauty is fleeting and pod color fades when cooked. Plants grow 4′ high, harvest pods when less than 6″ long.
Originally from West Africa, okra runs in the blood of many Southerners for whom summer is not complete without a plate of gumbo, lightly battered fried okra or a side of pickled pods. The stunning plants belong to the mallow family with the relation to hibiscus readily apparent by the flowers, so be sure to make ornamental plantings in addition to those marked for harvest. For best yields pick every other day during the season but special care should be taken when harvesting because it can irritate the skin of some gardeners. Nutrients: vitamins B6, C, and K, folate, calcium, manganese.