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October 2nd, 2005

[Okra flower]

Fried okra is part of the official Oklahoma State meal. Okra (also known as gumbo), is a tall-growing annual vegetable from the same family as hibiscus. The immature pods are used for soups, canning and stews or as a fried or boiled vegetable.

The hibiscus like flowers and upright plant (3 to 6 feet or more in height) have also ornamental value for backyard gardens.

If interested, you can visit “A Guide to Growing, Storing and Preparing Vegetables” by the University of Illinois Extension and the “Vegetables” pages by the Purdue University Horticulture Department.

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