(Best months for growing Okra in USA - Zone 5a regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed
Raise seedlings in a similar way to capsicums - warmth is essential. Pick pods when they are about 5 - 8 cm (2-4 inches) long. Cut the stem below the pod with a knife. If the stem is too tough to cut then the pod is probably inedible!
Wear gloves when picking as okra are often covered in tiny irritating hairs (which disappear when cooked)
Use pods cut or whole in soups or casseroles as a boiled vegetable, or stirfry. Freeze uncut okra pods for using later - they'll keep for months frozen.
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