Okra is a flowering plant originating somewhere in Africa, and known in the English speaking world by many other names including, lady’s fingers. It’s commonly used in salads and as an addition to frying dishes in many cuisines across the world.
The plant is cultivated best in tropical, subtropical and warm climates overall. That’s why it works best in the southern parts of the US, mostly in Texas and California where it’s grown in both the small farms and in commercial ones.
- The name lady fingers is new, it originates in the 20th century
- There are evidence that it was grown in ancient Egypt
- It’s still the most popular in Africa and Asia minor