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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.



(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.


Hibiscus esculentus. A tall annual plant grown for its edible immature pods. Also known as gumbo.


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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Ndjouenkeu R, Goycoolea FM, Morris ER and JO Akingbala Rheology of okra (Hibiscus esculentus L.
The okra powder used in this study was obtained by drying the okra pods in a Sterilifer model SX 1.
Table 4 also indicates the non-essential amino acid scores of okra seeds based on whole hen's egg amino acid profile.
Thirty nine okra genotypes were assessed for genetic diversity using 20 polymorphic RAPD primers.
Take the pan off the heat and serve this delicious okra dish with warm pita breads or chapattis.
In salt treated level, AsA priming (100 mg L-1) resulted in significant improvements in the growth attributes of okra plants as shoot length, fresh and dry weights of shoot were improved by 35, 39.
One note: Gumbo aficionados don't mix okra and file, though combining either with a roux is fine; they also don't mix seafood and poultry, and, other than sausage or perhaps ham and other pork pieces, they don't include red meat.
Sachan (2006) reported Arka Anamika and Saatdhari as the most promising Okra cultivars.
2] experimental field of okra (21[degrees]12'15"S / 47[degrees]52'14"W) belonging to the Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA), Apta Regional Centro Leste, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil.
The objective of this research was to determine residual levels of imidacloprid and acetamiprid residues in okra and eggplant with respect to their dietary intake assessment in the proposed studied areas (Multan, Faisalabad and Gujranwala) of Punjab, Pakistan.
5 kilos of eggplant and 20 to 30 pieces of okra every week during the whole month of October.
Okra is being sold in Lahore for Rs150 a kilo, while green chilli's price has gone up to Rs100 a kilo.