(Abelmoschus esculentus Red)
A tall growing warm season annual vegetable with hibiscus-like flowers and burgundy fruit that is popular in most tropical and sub tropical climates.
A mild flavour similar to eggplant with quite a sticky texture. Partners well with onions, tomatoes, eggplant, chillies and warm spices like cumin and coriander. A natural thickener for soups and stews.
Very low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. They are also a good source of iron, calcium and magnesium. For best results Okra should be cooked on a high heat. Grilled or steamed. Avoid brass, iron and copper pans when cooking as they will discolour the pods. Consumption of food rich in vitamin C can help to develop a strong immune system which may assist in the reduction of cough and cold symptoms.
One of the most heat and drought tolerant vegetable species in the world but severe frost can damage pods. They require a rich well drained soil with protection against strong winds.
Pick deep red pods that are 5-10cm long. Apply regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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