Oh so Okra

Bhindi” , known in many English-speaking countries as ladies’ fingersokra or gumbo, was a member of the garden plot in the summer of 2015for Him and Her. It certainly didnt dissapoint, nor was it easily tamed.

Being a very sturdy plant, except against a frost and colder temperatures, the harvest value is the seed pods.

In cultivation, the seeds can be soaked prior to sowing them. Him and Her reserved two square feet on the garden plot, and seeds were not soaked before sowing them in rows.

Germination occurs between a week to three weeks according to www.

However, waiting and watering the soil, together with keeping a check on any weeds is a good idea.

The plant grows to around 2m tall with significant and pleasantly colored flowers.

The flowers have white to yellow petals,  with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal.

The seed pods rapidly become fibrous and woody, and, to be edible, must be harvested quickly.

Okra is a popular food due to its high fiber, folate and vitamin C content.

The products of the plant are mucilaginous, resulting in the characteristic “goo” or slime when the seed pods are cooked. A dash of lime is known to help reduce the sliminess. Or cook them quickly like a stir fry.Smaller and the more tender ones can be stuffed with some spice powders mixed with salt and lime juice, and pan roasted.

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