Is an African vegetable commonly called: Lady’s finger, Ila, Bamya, Nkrumah and Gumbo. The scientific name for okra is Abelmoschus esculentus. It is a slim cylindrical long green vegetable similar to the shape of a lady’s finger about 3 – 4 inches long and half an inch diameter.
The Origin of Okra
Okra takes it’s origin, grows naturally and is planted as a crop in Africa. History has it that Okra was planted in Africa as far back as 2000 B.C. It has local African names like “Bamya” in Sudan, “Nkrumah” in Ghana, “Ila” in Nigeria. Okra was introduced to America during the slave trade
Uses of Okra
Food Drink Medication
Okra is used in soups, salads, drinks, medication and
in various meals. Okra can be be boiled on its own in salt and water, sometimes it is mixed in stew, or cooked with other vegetable to make soups. Okra is very delicious when cooked with poultry, meat, fish or seafood.
Okra Medicinal Uses
Okra seeds are roasted and used traditionally in Turkey as a medicine for diabetics
When roasted dried
and powdered, ground okra
can be used in making
Okra water – Okra is soaked in water at night and the water is drank the following day
Okra Soups and Meals
Gumbo soup is
To Prepare Okra
Some use it whole, some use it sliced, some liquidize it, some dry it up and powder it and some use it grated. Okra is cooked, roasted, fried or prepared raw.
Health benefits and Nutritional contents
Okra is very rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium and Potassium. It has a low calorie content, one portion of 100 grams contains 33 calories, which is 0.3 cal/g. It is also very low in fat. Okra has many health benefits:
- It is a perfect solution for diabetics
- It lowers the level of sugar in the blood
- A good source of fibre