There’s a world of okra out there
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.