Okra a Superfood You Can’t do without
One of the beauties of my childhood years was, my parents allowed me to have several gardens where I was able to grow veggies such as peppers, corn, pigeon peas, and okras.
You could only imagine how happy and proud I was to see my little garden taking shape as my veggies reached full maturity. Here on the island, the natives prepare a famous dish known as okra soup, we also enjoy a hearty healthy meal of okra and rice. What we will be looking at in this article are some facts about okras and how this veggie can benefit us.
The native soil that I planted my little garden in was not that rich at that time but I am so thankful that I still had some garden success. Choose a location that gets about 5-6 hours of sun, the soil of okras should be and organic-rich soil, space each planting hole about 1 foot apart to allow room for the plant to grow as they reach maturity.
The planting hole should be dug about an inch to an inch and a half, place about 3-4 seeds in each planting hole. Cover with soil and moisten the planting hole with water.
Do not allow the soil to dry out and by the seem measure do not overwater because overwatering can cause severe damage to seeds and seedlings as they germinate. In about 2 – 2 1/2 weeks you should see young plants emerging from the soil.
Continue watering by keeping the soil moist, not waterlogged. Allow for several weeks and your okras will be ready to harvest. To know if okras are ready to harvest press gently, even though okras may be firm it will still have some softness to it.
If you allow okras to set on the tree for too long the okra will become hard and then split at this point it is not eatable but the seeds can be replanted for another harvest of this superfood.
Okra fun facts
1. It is said that another name for okra is lady’s fingers.
2. Okra is the only veggie that has slime.
3. Okra is used as natural medicine.
4. Okras was first grown in Egypt.
5. Okras has been around for more than 2000 years.
Okra health benefits
1. Okra aids in a bowel movement.
2. Okra promotes good digestion.
3. Okra promotes vision health.
4. It is an immune booster.
5. Promotes heart health.
6. It helps to improve skin.
7. It helps to reduce blood pressure.
8. Has been known to lower cholesterol.
9. Aids in weight loss.
10. Has been known to fight against cancer.
Vitamin content of okra includes
Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper, Dietary fiber, Zinc, Niacin, Protein, Riboflavin
The final word
The benefits of okras are so amazing and adding this superfood to your diet will keep you feeling super so the next time you write your shopping list include okra or better yet plant a garden of okras and enjoy eating this superfood grown by your very own hands.