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see mallowmallow,
common name for members of the Malvaceae, a family of herbs and shrubs distributed over most of the world and especially abundant in the American tropics. Tropical species sometimes grow as small trees.
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Also called Ochro, Okoro, Quimgombo, Quingumbo, Ladies Fingers and Gumbo. Hibiscus-like flowers and seed pods that are delicious when picked young and tender. Eat raw, steamed of cooked.. Ripe seeds have been used as a substitute for coffee and can be dried and powdered for storage. In Mallow family so its very mucilaginous, meaning it emits a slimy goo when cooked. Very good for you, high in fiber, unsaturated fats, oleic and linoleic acids.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Hibiscus esculentus), an annual plant of the mallow family. Height to 1.5 m; it is similar to the cotton plant in its outward appearance and flowers. It is native to East Africa. The unripe, podlike fruits are used for food as vegetables, rough fibers are extracted from the stalks, and a coffee substitute is prepared from the seeds. It is cultivated in tropical and subtropical countries, North America, and southern Europe. In the USSR it is grown in the Transcaucasian region.


Berliand, S. S. “K agrobiologicheskomu izucheniiu bamii.” In Lubianye kul’tury. Moscow, 1950.
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Hibiscus esculentus. A tall annual plant grown for its edible immature pods. Also known as gumbo.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
2. the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etc.
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Broadcasting on online radio and social media, Hot Okro Radio aspires to be the leading voice for ideas that positively impact social, economic and political future of Nigeria and especially at the grassroots.
Although the importance of mulching cannot be overemphasized, however, there is very little information on the influence of mulch materials on okro production in the Guinea Savannah agroecological zone of northern Ghana where rainfall is unevenly distributed.
The okro seeds used were purchased from an agricultural shop in Ilorin, collected in a sterile polythene bag, which was then properly tied and taken to the laboratory.
Men dominated in the cultivation and ownership of yam (85.5%), cassava (52.5%), rice (91.7%) maize (59.2%, guinea corn (67.5%), millet (62.5%), cowpea (66.7%), soyabean (54.2%), groundnut (55.0%) and bambara groundnut (65.0%) while women dominated in the cultivation and ownership of cocoyam (66.7%), beniseed (65.8%), pepper (83.3%), okro (84.2), pawpaw (66.7%) banana / plantain (58.3) and leafy vegetables (75.0%).
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L.), also known as okro, or gumbo, or lady's finger, is a warm-season, annual vegetable crop.
The major potential crops include Rice (Oryza Sativa), Maize (Zea Mays), Okro (Hibiscus Esculentus), Pepper (Capsicum Annum), Water Leaf (Talium Triangulare), Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo), Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum), Greens (Amaranthus Spp), Spinach (Spinacia Oleracea), other vegetables such Tomatoes and Ayoyo (Ewedu).
For instance, the common food crops which thrive well in Oyo State are maize, yam, cowpea, melon, cassava, sweet potato and okro e.t.c while tobacco is one of the commercial nonfood crops grown.
Building a skyscraper of electoral excuses on the provisions of Acts and regulations is like encouraging the Okro plant to grow taller than the farmer.
The main crops grown by individual households wee food crops such as maize, cassava, beans, okro and pepper.
At the epicentre of the wreckage and under the monstrous, grounded vehicle, there were a barber shop, a drug store which the locals referred to as a pharmacy; a groceries shop, a basket of okro, metal trays; pieces of measuring or portioning pans are called 'lambebe', among others.
The main foods were: Corn Gruel(CG); Corn gruel + fresh milk (CGM), Corn gruel + fresh milk + lime juice(CGML), Irish potato with eggs and fresh fish (PEF), Simple Irish potato (P), Roasted Irish Potato (RP), Irish potato pounded with pre-boiled red beans(PB), Maize paste(MP), Maize paste and okro sauce (MPO), Sweet potato and Avocado(SPA) and Ripe Banana (RB).It was noted that complementary foods were cooked once a day and given monotonously with poor hygienic care.