Okra ‘Jambalaya Mix’
We are loving this okra right now!
With beautiful flowers and edible pods there’s a lot to admire about this plant. You might notice that the flowers resemble hibiscus or rose of Sharon blossoms.
Like these other popular garden plants, okra is a member of the mallow family (Malvacea). Small pods are so tender that they can be eaten raw, and okra is a great additive to soups, stews, and stir fries! The thick mucilage inside the pod make it a excellent thickener.
Okra is a staple in many food cultures and is widely grown in the tropics. Here in the United States, okra is a popular food crop in the south where it loves the long hot summer season. Historically, in here in Southeastern Pennsylvania okra has been a somewhat tricky food to grow, since it needs the soil to be at least 60 degrees to germinate and it takes 50 – 60 days from germination to harvest. However, as temperatures climb okra is becoming more and more reliable in our gardens. Maybe consider trying it out yourself next season!
We’re growing three kinds this year in Lucille’s, okra ‘Jambalaya Mix’, okra ‘Tree of Ghana’ and okra ‘Star or David’. Come check them out next time you’re in the garden!