Crop Profile

Okra is a tropical perennial of the Malvaceae family and is considered a half-hardy annual when cultivated in temperate climates. In the field some varieties can grow to above 200 cm with large, palmately lobed leaves, with five to seven lobes. Okra, also referred to as lady’s fingers, gumbo, bhindi and bamia, produce edible fibrous green seed pods that can reach 18 cm long with a pentagonal cross-section. Okra is a popular vegetable commonly used in West African, Indian, Southeast Asian and Brazilian cuisine and of course is an essential ingredient in Creole dishes such as gumbo.

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