Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Beck's Gardenville') in the Okra Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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 Introducing Heirlooms for the Beginner Gardener Introducing Heirlooms for the Beginner Gardener
July 29, 2011

Heirlooms are a perfect choice for the beginner gardener. The seeds of many of these old cultivars have been saved and passed down for generations because of their easy-to-grow habits. They are those wonderful old fashioned flowers that your grandmother grew forever in her garden, or those delicious tasting tomatoes that you might remember eating as a child. But it doesn't stop there; as you begin to consider growing heirlooms, you will discover many unique and interesting flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Jan 4, 2014 5:00 PM

This is an heirloom variety that I've been growing for about 5 years now. It's very heat tolerant, with a high yield of pods on stalks that sometimes grow to over seven feet tall. Harvest pods when they snap off easily for best eating. Short and stalky ribbed okra. These are a favorite in our house. Great peppery flavor, tender yet crunchy texture, great pickled or cooked with tomatoes, onions, and garlic and in soups and gumbos.

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