Okra   – Common Name: ladies’ fingers, bhendi, bhindi, bamia, ochro or gumbo

Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus

Okra is a common vegetable, well used in Asian countries; originating from Ethiopia in Africa. It is widely cultivated in many tropical countries since 12th century. It grows in an elongated, lantern shape vegetable. Okra is now widely used in cuisines such as Caribbean, Creole, Cajun and Indian. It has also been and medicinally to treat diabetes.

Okra is a common vegetable, which belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods. Okra has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious. It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.

Recently, a new benefit of okra is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.