There’s a world of okra out there

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & LIFE -

Okra is be­lieved to be in­dige­nous to the Mid­dle East and North Africa, where the first doc­u­mented plants were found grow­ing near the Nile River. It was brought to the Amer­i­cas by African slaves, and it caught on quickly in the south­east­ern United States where the grow­ing con­di­tions were per­fect. (North­ern sum­mers are barely long enough to har­vest a de­cent crop of okra). The lead­ing okra-pro­duc­ing states to­day are Texas, Florida, Ge­or­gia and Cal­i­for­nia. Out­side the United States, In­dia and Africa are the top okra pro­duc­ers. Okra is even pop­u­lar in Ja­pan, where foods with a slip­pery mouth-feel (think eel or na­gaimo) are thought to boost en­ergy lev­els dur­ing spells of hot hu­mid weather.

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