Category Archives: Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)

Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a naturalized tropical and subtropical annual grown extensively in Asia and Africa. Growing up to 6 feet in height, okra plants have sturdy stems, long, broad, serrated, deeply-lobed leaves, and delicate yellow flowers marked with red or purple color toward the base.1,2 The edible portion of okra is the

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