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Whitehurst Diaries: Okra plant has surprising kin

2011-07-27 - Old Gradyville RD, Columbia, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
These blossoms will produce raw material for a Southern delicacy, pickled okra. In addition to their utility, the blooms are gorgeous flowers, evocative of another sometimes maligned hibiscus cousin, the Not Rose of Sharon - at least not by Billy Joe Fudge standards. The plants are thriving in one row planted in the garden on the farm at Gradyville. According to the fascinating account of the plant in Wikipedia, Okra, the seed pods aren't the only edible part of the versatile plant. The leaves are cooked as greens or used raw in salads, and a form of coffee can be made from the dried seeds, the article says.

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