Friday, August 13, 2010

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)



Okra

Growing a veggie with it's origins in climates hotter than ours means it does just fine during our summer.  The exact origin of okra is in dispute, but it arrived in the Americas from West Africa.  (Wikipedia)




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10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Aren't those okra blossoms just gorgeous.!?.

AphotoAday said...

What an interesting plant and flower -- I've never seen it growing. (our weather here on the west coast is much too weird and unpredictable)

FasterThanEver said...

Thanks for the pictures. My wife and I like to eat okra so it's nice to see the plant and the flowers.

birdy said...

Nice shots! Okra is one of my favorite vegetables. I also took some pictures of my okra plot and fresh okras. I will post them in coming days.

birdspot said...

I love okra - such a beautiful plant! I tried to grow some once in the Northeast, and ended up with exactly eight okra pods - which I very happily fried right up and ate. ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

I've never seen the flowers before--how lovely! Of course, okra's in nearly everything down here. Neither of us are particularly fond of it, but I don't mind it as much as Charles does.

Marvin said...

Okra flowers are really quite attractive. They also attract many Sulphur Butterflies -- yellow on yellow. A close look at the blooms leaves no doubt that okra is a member of the Mallow family.

As a kid, I thought okra was one of the most foul vegetables imaginable. Now, I find it tolerable fried or in some tomato/gumbo concoction. I still cannot handle it "stewed" which is the way my Mom usually prepared okra. There's something about the slime of okra that's just been boiled with a little salt and pepper than I find disgusting.

laughingwolf said...

thx for this, marvin... had never seen the plant :)

i beati said...

funny I never really encapsulated its beauty before!!

NicoleB said...

The blossoms sure look gorgeous.
I never tried this, so no idea what the seeds taste like (had to look it up on wiki - what you can eat) :)