Those who know these green, ridged, finger-like vegetables might call them okra, lady’s fingers or gumbo. Okra, the name most familiar to us here in UK, is believed to have derived from the Ghanaian Twi-language word ‘nkruman.’

Okra are the unripe seed-pods of an herbaceous flowering annual (Abelmoschus or Hibiscus esculentus) of the malva family (Malvaceae). The flowers are tubular with reddish centres. The seed-pods grow on hairy stalks and are picked before they are fully matured.

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