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Hi,

 

Would anyone like some okra seeds for free? I think this is the spineless green type? They are certainly highly productive. I'm not sure how long the shelf life is for these seeds but I have a lot of them now (and more pods drying on the plants) so if anyone is interested in growing okra next Spring, just let me know.

 

Here's a photo of the okra. Somebody gave me 5 seeds the previous summer. I have 20 plants growing in the backyard. They have very beautiful flowers and I notice they attract a lot of ladybeetles and bees, including a solitary blackish bee which I've never seen before.

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Florence I just added them in to stir frys... along with luffa and they seemed to take on whatever flavour the stir fry is.
I've gone from loathing the commercial one I tried to loving the ones I grow; red or green although slightly different are both delicious. The favoured way here is to lightly fry them either whole or sliced once lengthways. Think of them as soluble fibre and enjoy eating something which loves to grow in our summers and so decorative. The other way we favour is to slice thinly on an angle and add to salads. With home grown I rarely mess with them adding sauces and so on - just eat raw if possible or fried plain (not battered).
Yes the commercial ones are more often than not visually unappealing - in fact they look half rotted. I wonder if that's because okra must be consumed shortly after harvest.

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