What are the pros? Amazingly abundant
What are the cons? 30% of pods too woody to eat
We grew 15 plants last summer and had more okra than we knew what to do with (and we are serious okra eaters). With this years' mild fall and winter in central TX, I only pulled them out of the ground in mid-December and they were still flowering and producing (tho production slowed considerably after the end of October). The stalks were nearly 20 ft tall! They are delicious in stir-fries and soups.
The one real complaint we had is that about 30% of the pods were too tough to be edible and it did not depend on size -- ginormous ones might or might not be tender and delicious and the same went for small pods.
We had so many we hoped that we could pickle some but even when very small they are too fat to lend themselves to making pickled okra. This year we are growing another 15 for straight fresh eating and trying 24 plants of Harlow's Homestead in hopes of pickling --as much as we can!
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