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Okra flower bud and immature seed pod
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Abelmoschus
Species: A. esculentus
Binomial name
Abelmoschus esculentus
(L.) Moench, 1794
Map showing worldwide okra production
Worldwide okra production

Hibiscus esculentus L.

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) are known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers or gumbo) is a flowering plant in the mallow family, related to cotton and hibiscus.[1] It is valued for its edible green seed pods. It is cultivated for the pods, which are harvested in the immature stage and used in salads and soups.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. National Research Council (2006-10-27). "Okra". Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables. Lost Crops of Africa. 2. National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-10333-6. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11763&page=287. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  2. "9 Amazing Health Benefits of Okra". www.nutritionfox.com. http://www.nutritionfox.com/9-amazing-health-benefits-of-okra/. Retrieved 25 January 2016.