Okra or Okro
Yoruba people called it whenIla
My Hausa descendants iKugbewa
And in Ndi igbo, its called Okuru
Okro, also known as ladies’ fingers, is a flowering plant that is valued for its edible green seed pods.
The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.
1. Okra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content.
2. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants.
3. Okra is also a good source of calcium and potassium.
Last year towards the end of rainy season, a farmer requestef for some Okro seeds to buy. I sent to my contact in Ibadan and got him the seed.
Off course the 40days harvesting
At harvest, he brought it back for me to take to the market and sell for him. I collected and add to the weekly vegetables that are going out to market.
“They refuse to buy” thats my guy returning the farmers Okro from the market.
” What happened?
They said is too long. Referring to the Okro.
They are used to the smaller and rounded type commonly called “Ila Iwo”
Meanwhile I remember that my Mile 12 agent is always asking for the the long tiny ones. Because the expatriates always love the long ones.
Lesson from above is that the market, also known as customer dictates what you plant.
Know what your market want and strive to meet such needs which also save you cost of messing up the production
The Okro was sliced and dried. And luckily it sells like hot cake during the dry season
Okra is easy to grow and use and looks great throughout the growing season due to its beautiful flowers. It’s also rich in vitamin A and low in calories, which makes it a great addition to your diet.
- You can start okra seeds indoors in peat pots under full light 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost date.
- You can also start okra directly in your garden 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost date as long as you cover the plants with a cold frame or grow tunneluntil the weather warms up. Make sure that the covering is 2 to 3 feet tall so that the plants have room to grow.
- If you do not start your okra plants early, wait until there is stable warm weather. You can plant okra in the garden when the soil has warmed to 65° to 70°F.
- Plant okra in fertile, well-drained soil in full light about ½ to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart. You can soak the seeds overnight in tepid water to help speed up germination.
- If you are planting okra transplants, be sure to space them 1 to 2 feet apart to give them ample room to grow.
- Okra plants are tall, so be sure to space out the rows 3 to 4 feet apart.