Gardening Tales

Health Benefits Of Okra

August 06, 2022

Welcome and Happy Saturday!

I hope that your weekend is off to a good start, my day began so very quiet.

Although I must say in the heavily dewed early morning hours the garden is not quiet-at all!

 I spy a variety of melodic birds and busy pollinators beginning their work day fluttering about in my garden.

Being the anxious soul that I am, my morning meditations in the garden are a requirement for me.

I find solace in my water colored garden where the combination of methodical and repetitious duties of mother nature are affirmations that all is right with the world.

In this rectangle garden of life...all is good.

On this particular Saturday morning I found myself admiring our Okra crop.



This may sound like a peculiar garden item to admire but my goodness the blooms are spectacular and interestingly enough related to the Hibiscus.

You see this bountiful Okra crop with it's lushness, plentiful blooms and massive presence beckoned me to pay attention to it-so I did!

Here I am now writing a post on the health benefits of Okra.

Organic Facts
I really and truly enjoy Okra by itself or in many dishes, I shared a recent Gumbo recipe right here just last week.
Believe me when I say we have eaten a good bit of Okra this Summer!
Once I began researching all of the health benefits of Okra, I felt as though it all explained why my complexion seemed healthier, smoother, and had a new dewy glow.
It almost seemed as though a wrinkle or two might have slipped away too! Hooray!


Health Benefits Of Okra

Okra is also a source of antioxidants and research indicates that the mucilage of Okra actually removes toxins from the body.

What Is Okra?

Okra was introduced to America from Africa in the 1660's.
  • These fuzzy green veggies are actually immature seed pods of the Okra plant.
  • Some people refer to them as "gumbo," or  "lady fingers."
  • Okra is related to hibiscus, cacao and cotton.
  • Okra thrives in warm humid climates.
  • Okra comes in many distinct varieties; Clemson spineless, Jambalaya, Star of David and Burgundy.
  •  Annie Oakley II thrives in a colder and shorter growing season. 


I adore a cottage garden of sorts so I always plant a mix of veggies and flowers together.

The Okra was very content and thrived beautifully mixed in with a variety of veggies and zinnias, sunflowers and hollyhocks.


May your weekend be blessed and beautiful!



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