The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk (hence its specific epithet moschÄtus, scientific Latin for â€˜muskâ€™).
Despite its tropical origin, the plant is frost-hardy.
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Description for Abelmoschus moschatus
Marathi - Kasturi Bhendi, Bengali - Kalkasturi, Latakasturi, Mushakdan, Kannada - Kasturi Bende, Kaadu Kastoori, Tamil: Kasturi-vendaik-kay-virai, Kaattu Kasturi, Telugu - Karpoorabenda
Planting and care
Climate - Okra requires a long warm and humid growing period. It can be successfully grown in hot humid areas.
Planting distance - A planting distance of 60 cm x 30 cm or 45 cm x 30 cm.
Caring for Abelmoschus moschatus
Okra requires a long warm and humid growing period. It can be successfully grown in hot humid areas.
Typical uses of Abelmoschus moschatus
Culinary use: It is an aromatic plant native to India in the Malvaceae family.
Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this use is now mostly replaced by various synthetic musks due to its high cost.
It has many culinary uses. The seeds are added to coffee; unripe pods ("musk okra"), leaves and new shoots are eaten as vegetables.
Medicinal use: It is an medicinal plant native to India in the Malvaceae family.
Different parts of the plant have uses in Ayurveda herbal medicine.
In industry the root mucilage provides sizing for paper; tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.
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