About our okra seeds
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- Sometimes also called "lady's fingers"
- Rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that reduce the risk of serious health conditions
- Sweet, grassy flavor that takes on more depth with longer cooking
The wonderful characteristics of okra
Okra is a heat-loving annual that grows swiftly under the correct conditions. Related to hibiscus and hollyhock, it has a gorgeous flower that turns into a seedpod, which is the edible section of the plant. Okra is likely to be the most prolific plant in your veggie garden. Once the first pods appear, you should inspect your plants every day for the rest of the season. Get ready to prepare a lot of gumbo and make friends with people who love eating!
Planting information for okra
Many gardeners shun okra because of its reputation for only growing in hot climates. With a little additional effort and preparation, you can enjoy homegrown okra in any hardiness zone. Because okra is susceptible to cold, plant seeds indoors four weeks before your region's last frost date to get a head start on the season. Before sowing seeds directly, wait until the soil temperature reaches at least 65°F. Okra thrives in full sun and nutrient-rich soil. Plant okra in a row or raised bed where it won't shade out other crops, as most varieties grow between three and six feet tall. Harvest seed pods when they're still young and often, as okra swiftly becomes woody and unpleasant.
The nutritional value of okra
Okra is a nutrient-dense, low-calorie vegetable. The seed pods are high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants. Okra can help regulate your cholesterol and blood sugar levels by incorporating it in your diet. Unless properly cooked, okra has a slimy texture. Sauté seed pods in a skillet over high heat or bake them in the oven to add texture. Gumbo, soups, stews, and even marinara sauce are all terrific ways to use okra.
Okra is a low-maintenance plant that provides a powerful punch when harvested. With all the nutrients this old-time favorite provides, there's no sense not cultivating okra in your garden this year! Eden Brothers has 13 different okra varieties to choose from and we're sure you'll find the one perfect for your garden!
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting okra seeds, see the Okra Seeds Planting Guide.