Product description

Botanical Name: Abelmoschus esculentus

Types of Plant: Herbaceous annual

Part of the Plant used: Fruit (technically a seed pod)

Description: Ladies Finger, also known as okra or bhindi, is a flowering plant belonging to the Malvaceae family. Native to Africa, okra is cultivated worldwide for its edible green seed pods, which are prized for their unique texture and mild flavour. The pods are long and slender, typically ranging from 5 to 25 centimetres in length, with a ridged exterior and a mucilaginous interior containing numerous small, white seeds. Okra plants produce large, hibiscus-like flowers that are typically yellow with a red or purple centre.


  • Culinary Uses: Ladies Finger is a versatile vegetable used in various cuisines globally, particularly in African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian dishes. The pods can be consumed raw, steamed, boiled, fried, or grilled and are often included in soups, stews, curries, and stir-fries. Okra is valued for its thickening properties, which help create hearty, flavourful dishes with a satisfying texture.
  • Nutritional Value: Ladies Finger is low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, as well as antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols. Okra also contains compounds like mucilage, which may help support digestive health and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Health Benefits: Consuming Ladies Finger may offer various health benefits, including improved digestion, heart health, and blood sugar control. The fiber content helps promote regularity and prevents constipation, while the antioxidants support overall well-being and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.


Growing Conditions:

  • Sunlight: Ladies Finger plants thrive in full sunlight and require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and fruit production.
  • Soil: Well-draining, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for okra cultivation. Sandy loam or loamy soil enriched with organic matter promotes healthy root development and fruiting.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water okra plants regularly, especially during hot, dry periods, to prevent stress and ensure proper fruit formation. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of fungal diseases.
  • Climate: Ladies Finger prefers warm temperatures between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) and is sensitive to frost. It is commonly grown as an annual in temperate climates but can be cultivated as a perennial in regions with mild winters.

Harvesting and Storage of Ladies Finger:

  • Harvest okra pods when they are young and tender, typically 3 to 4 inches in length, to ensure optimal flavour and texture. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut the pods from the plant, leaving a short stem attached.
  • Check okra plants regularly for ripe pods, as they can become tough and fibrous if left on the plant for too long.
  • Store freshly harvested okra pods in the refrigerator for up to one week. To prolong shelf life, wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a perforated plastic bag to maintain moisture while allowing for airflow.
  • Alternatively, okra pods can be blanched and frozen for long-term storage, preserving their flavour and nutritional content for future use.


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