Seed saving: beginner
Pink Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Pink Okra (Albesmoschus esculentus L): this variety - thought to be another of Okinawa’s treasures- has became increasingly popular because it is very easy to cultivate, suitable for different climatic conditions, as well as ornamental, since it can be grown in pots and provides incredibly pretty flowers, they’re big, yellow with burgundy stripes. It is highly nutritious and filled with antioxidants, what is more, it can consumed in many ways: stewed, grilled, raw, boiled, roasted, pickled, seared, or raw.
The plant has macrothermal requirements, it should be transplanted when the temperature is stable and above 15°C; it has little need for care or water, and it is adapted to any kind of soil so it is suitable even for beginners.
For consumption, the pods should be picked when they are about the size of a finger or 6 cm - reason why it is also known as: lady finger; however, if they are allowed to get too big, they will become fibrous or woody, so it is better to mind the size. On the other hand, in orer to get the seeds, it should be allowed to completely ripe and dry, it will acquire a brownish colour and you will know it is ready.
Plants as Okra are a great alternative for these times of climate change due to their adaptability, and few needs, they are a concrete, sustainable solution.