2020 August 25
We like okra. When we were younger I hated okra because my mother cooked I think by boiling it and it was just to slimy to eat. Our family moved to the South when I was in the first grade so I consider myself a Southern. When I got married, my wifes family had always been in the south and I was an interloped and took her child away. The great thing was that she was a great cook and cooked okra so it tasted like popcorn. Later I will share the way she did it, but we will get to that later.
This time of year the okra is growing fast and it is smart to let a pod of two mature in the vine. They will dry out but not release the seeds until the end of the season. I have tried saving seeds in the garage but the pods just dont seem to dry and the seeds inside turn moldy. I think I found that doing it the way nature intened works best. Once the pods are dry, twist the pod and the hard black seeds will fall out. I suspect I get about 50 seeds from one pod. Now the reason I am writing this now is that I want to provide a little tip about planting okra. If you plant the seeds in the ground, it normally takes a long time to germinate. I would say often 14 days or so. I have been able to speed up germination by placing my seeds in a pill bottle with lid and filling the bottle close to the top with water. I then stick the bottle in the freezer over night and then plant them. The seeds are up in 4 days or so. One year I could not plant all the seeds the first day, so I just planted the next day and they came up quickly.
One of my favorite meals is one with Okra, tomatoes, bacon bits, onions, salt and pepper and then spread over rice. If you have a garden, this is cheap good eating fit for a king.
I hope to provide photos later, now I am playing catch up. We moved and at nearly 82, it was stressful. More on that later.