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Bhindi is grown for its long, pointed seed pods, which are used in gumbos and soups.
Okra is a tropical plant that is grown as an annual vegetable. The seed pods are especially useful for thickening stews because of their gummy mucilage.
Okra plants are extremely drought and heat resistant and okra is a popular vegetable in many countries with difficult growing conditions.
The first harvest will be ready about 2 months after planting. Harvest the okra when its about 2 to 3 inches long. Harvest tender pods every other day.
Special features: Okra is traditionally a southern U.S. plant that thrives in warm weather. It is easy to grow and use and looks great throughout the growing season due to its beautiful flowers. Okra is also rich in vitamin A and low in calories.
Culinary use: Okra is a plant that produces an edible pod that is eaten as a vegetable.
Ornamental use: NA
To maintain the best nutritional value of okra, it is suggested not to overcook it.
The pods are among the very low-calorie vegetables. They provide just 30 calories per 100 g besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol.
They are rich sources of dietary fibre, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein.
It is one of the green vegetables with highest levels of these anti-oxidants.
Research suggests that consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protect the body from harmful free radicals.
Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.
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