Emerald okra was developed by the Campbell Soup Company, and introduced in 1950. Originally, however, okra comes from northern Africa, where it still grows wild. This unusual member of the hibiscus family still has an important part in African and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as being a culinary tradition in the American South.
Emerald Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus
Approx: 25 seeds
Emerald Okra has smooth pods that are top quality and remain tender up to 7 inches long! They are dark green plants, with attractive pale-yellow flowers, that grow tall and produce early. This one is our favorite okra variety to grow.
Days to Germination: 7-14 days
Days to Maturity: 55 days
A vitamin and mineral rich vegetable, okra likes a soil medium to grow in that is loamy with some organic material for it to gain nutrients from. Okra requires full sun in order to produce, and requires no additional fertilization during its growing season.
Keep near: Lettuce, Peppers, Eggplant, Basil, Cucumbers, Melons.
Emerald okra is high in fiber, vitamin C, and folate, and is known for containing high levels of antioxidants that help to reduce cancer causing free radicals in the body. It is also known to have high levels of calcium and potassium.
It also contains magnesium, iron, Thiamine, and Niacin, and is a low calorie vegetable. Okra can also be pressed to create oil, which is high in unsaturated fats such as oleic acid and linoleic acid.
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