Best variety of okra
Okra farming is very lucrative and the plan is easy to grow. They grow from seeds and perfect for tropical /subtropical regions.
Okra scientifically known as Abelmoschus esculentus have edible pods used in stews and soups. Used to eat local Nigerian dishes like Eba (garri), pounded yam, Amala, semolina.
Benefits of okra
Okra is a seasonal vegetable with many health benefits. They are full of minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. They are used to thicken sauces and popular in West Africa, Middle East and USA.
The entire plant is used from the stem, roots, flowers, leaves and pods. 100 grams of okra contains 3.2g fiber, 1.5 sugar, and 1.9 protein 36mcg vitamin 60 mcg folate and 0.215mg vitamin B6.
Others are 33 calories, 7.5 carbohydrates, and 0.2mg thiamin 82mg calcium 23mg vitamin C299mg potassium. Benefits include reduction in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, toxins in body. Folate is advised during pregnancy with good gastrointestinal health.
100 grams of okra contains
- 3.2g fiber
- 1.5 sugar
- 1.9 protein
- 36mcg vitamin
- 60 mcg folate
- 0.215mg vitamin B6
- 33 calories
- 7.5 carbohydrates
- 0.2mg thiamin
- 82mg calcium
- 23mg vitamin C
- 299mg potassium
Things to consider in seed selection are growth to full maturity from 30-60 days, edible fruits. Others considerations are preferred habitat plant height and diameter. Some okra are perfect for container farming and green houses.
Considerations in Seed Selection
- Full maturity from 30-60 days
- Edible fruits
- Best habitat
- Plant height/diameter
- Container or Garden farming
Best variety of okra
Best verity of okra are those with good edible pods, fast growing, easy to plant. Varieties are Cajun Delight, Go Big, and Perkins long pod. Others include Blondy, Baby Bubba Hybrid, Burgundy, and Cow Horn. More are Silver Queen, Emerald, Red Velvet, and Clemson Spineless.
- Cajun Delight
- Go Big
- Perkins long pod
- Baby Bubba Hybrid
- Cow Horn
- Silver Queen
- Red Velvet
- Clemson Spineless
- Louisiana Green Velvet
Burgundy and Baby Bubba Hybrid
Best variety of okra include Heirloom Burgundy that grows about 5 feet height and 48inches in diameter. While Baby Bubba hybrid is a small sized okra plant perfect for green houses or container farming. They grow about 4 feet in height 24 inch diameter with dark green fruits. They have shorter growing season and maturity rate is fast with 50 – 60 days after sprouting.
Blondy and Cajun Delight
Blondy are dwarf plants that reach 4 feet with 3 inch with green spineless pods. They have short growth season and perfect for container farming or green houses. Cajun Delight have short growing season perfect for sub-tropical regions and grow 4 feet height. They produce dark green slightly curved pods and perfect for cool climate regions.
Clemson Spineless and Cow Horn
Clemson Spineless is a popular choice in American with max height of 4 feet spread 48 inches in diameter. It takes about 60 days to full maturity and bear dark green pods.
Cow Horn on the other hand grows 14 feet tall with large curved pods. It takes 3 months to grow to full maturity.
Emerald okra seeds are heirloom with open pollination they bear smooth dark green straight fruits and are 8 feet tall. It takes 2 months to reach full maturity.
Go Big and Hill Country Red
Go Big is a perfect ornamental plant with edible fruits. They grow 7 feet tall, 4 feet diameter with dark green pods. It takes 60 days to reach full maturity. Hill Country Red are popular in America and grow 6 feet tall. The fruits are green with red tinge and mature in 2 months.
Louisiana Green Velvet and Perkins Long Pod
Louisiana Green are Open pollinated Heirloom that reach 8 feet tall. The pods are long dark green spineless pods.it takes about 2 months for the plant to reach full maturity. Perkins Long Pod takes 2 months to reach full maturity. They bear straight green pods are heirloom and 5 feet tall with straight green pods.
Red Velvet and Silver Queen
Red Velvet have striking red fruits, grows 5 feet tall 48 inches in diameter. While Silver Queen is perfect for warm region it has long season and matures in 80 days. They produce green pods that are 7 inches long.