Information on Okra
The Okra is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. Originating in Africa, the plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.
The okra name is most often used in the United States and the
Philippines, is of West African origin and is cognate with "ọ́kụ̀rụ̀"
in Igbo, a language spoken in Nigeria. The okra plant is often
known as "Lady's Fingers" outside of the United States. In
various Bantu languages, okra is called "kingombo" or a variant
thereof, and this is the origin of its name in Portuguese ("quiabo"),
Spanish, Dutch and French, and also of the name "gumbo", used in
parts of the United States and English-speaking Caribbean for
either the vegetable, or a stew based on it. In the United
Kingdom, the okra plant is often called as "bhindi", from its
Hindi name "bhindi" or "bhendi". In South and South East Europe
it is known as bamya (bamija).