Both red and green Okra turn out to be seriously delicious contrary to my first experience with it. It can be eaten raw finely sliced in salads (thanks for that tip, Addy :-) and sliced in half and fried. Scrumptious! Now the mucilaginous part of the fruit is more a mouth feel thing than any flavour. It is a tad weird but thinking of own-grown fresh, almost anything even those fairly tasteless Queensland Arrowroot are worth eating. Lightly fried sliced Okra, fried Sweet Potato make a super Pizza with the other usual ingredients .... mmmmm!
I've decided to keep some seeds from both the Red and Green varieties. My question is: how long does the pod need to stay on the bush? In the pic, taken this morning, it is about 6 to 8 inches long and has taken on a dull look, changing colour too. I squashed the grub!
OK so to the green one: some of the new leaves are contracted - if it were a Capsicum I would suggest it is running short of nutrients. I think that is still the case, there are some aphids on it too suggesting the plant is struggling. Pic:
Right now to the Winged Beans:
I notice leaves are curling under both on their length and the edges are curling under - forgot to take some photos! Anyway it suggests a deficiency ... erm, phosphorus? potassium? Some clue would be helpful. Do the pods taste sweet? Mine are not only shy bearers but the young pods taste kinda 'green' ;-) really they are a grave disappointment. I expected sweet crunchy pods like Dutch Pole Beans and Joe's Beans which are delicious! If I can replace whatever nutrient/s the plant is short of and it comes good it will stay otherwise, given it is a fussy grower, it is coming out for good. The Lab Labs in contrast are powering and I'm expecting many edible pods from them.