Okra (also known as gumbo), is a tall-growing,
warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as
hollyhock, rose of Sharon and hibiscus. The immature pods are
used for soups, canning and stews or as a fried or boiled
vegetable. The hibiscus like flowers and upright plant (3 to 6
feet or more in height) have ornamental value for backyard
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Benefits of Okra
56 days. AAS winner. This is
the standard by which all other okras are judged. The prolific
3 1/2-5’ tall plants bear straight, dark green pods that
can grow to 6 1/2-9” long, but should be harvested when
3” long for the best quality. The leaves are spineless
which makes harvesting much easier.
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1A346 Star of David
(aka Old Fashioned Okra) Israeli heirloom. Thick pods are best picked at about 3" long. Named because cross-sections of pods look like the Star of David. Tall 7' plants have purple coloration on leaves. 60-75 days.
TRN284 Jing Orange
Asian Heirloom. Jing Orange produces delicate creamy yellow blossoms that create stunning red/orange okra pods. Harvest this Asian variety when pods have reached 6-7” long for tender, supple perfection. 60 days.
SF172 Jambalaya F1 Hybrid
Jambalaya okra embodies the spirited flavor of Creole cooking with its large, succulent, meaty pods on gorgeous, compact plants. The 5 ridged pods uniformly reach 4-5 inches long. Just right for soups and stews, pickles or canning.
Large, robust flowers are also edible. Makes a great ornamental in containers. Deep fry flowers or eat them stuffed, or use fresh as a striking, exotic-looking garnish. Sweet and mild flavor. 50 days.
AAS, Spineless ribbed creamy lime green pods, pick at 3" long, fine for northern production, dwarf plant 36" tall, 50 days.
IP051 Hill Country Red
Heirloom, red and green bicolor, 3" pods, great flavor, drought tolerant, best picked small, great pickled, 70 days.
JF560 Beck's Big Buck Snapping Okra
A German heirloom from Malcom Beck of San Antonio, TX. Vigorous 7-8 feet tall plants produce an abundance of large, fat, tender, fluted pods. Young pods 3 inches or less easily snap off the plant when ready to harvest. 57 days.
JF561 Bowling Red Okra
Grown by the Bowling family of Virginia since the 1920s. Early, productive, and beautiful - one of the best okras in the Kerr Center's trial of 30 heirloom varieties. Long, slim, tender red pods. 7-8 ft. plants have red stems and red-veined leaves. 57 days.
TRM456 Cajun Jewel
Introduced 1989 by SESE. Local favorite in Cajun country since the 1950s.
Dwarf type, 2½-4 feet tall spineless plants produce an early crop of tender 1 inch diameter pods up to 8 inches long. Good flavor. Widely adapted. 53 days.
Burmese heirloom. Bears when plants are 18 inches tall and continues to bear until frost. Huge leaves, typically 16 inches across. 9-12 inch slender pods are curved and virtually spineless.
Pods mature from light green to creamy yellow-green. At 10 inches long they are tender, sweet, and spineless enough to be eaten raw or added to salads. Pods are less gooey than other okra. 53 days.
Spineless variety from India averages 5½ ft. tall. Pods up to 8 in. long, pods remain tender for a long period.
The Kerr Center named it the easiest variety to harvest (thanks to unbranched plants) in their trial of 30 heirloom varieties. 50 days.
TRM459 Stewart Zeebest
Louisiana heirloom. 7 feet tall plants produce lots of long, slender, curved green pods without ribs. Stays tender up to 7 inches or longer. 53 days.
TRM460 White Velvet
Family heirloom of Cheryl and Garey Hughes, collected by Garey’s great-uncle in Warrior, Alabama in the 1930s. Introduced 2011 by SESE.
Smooth pods remain tender up to 8 in. long. Vigorous 10 ft. plants are spineless for easy picking. 65 days.
G037 Improved Red Pod
Finally, a great tasting red pod okra that is fast growing and bountiful. The foliage and fruit have a lush, tropical appearance.