This plant is widely grown in Gulu region and also in all parts of Uganda. It is grown for food. The young fruits are picked, cut and cooked fresh or dried cooked with sesame or groundnut paste added to it. Many people like eating it with sweet potatoes especially when cooked in the later way. In bad times, even the leaves are eaten.
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A good vegetable


Many people are not aware of the importance of the seeds of this plant. The seeds, when roasted and ground, can substitute coffee or tea-leaf.

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Okra originated in Africa it is grown in hot conditions, it starts yielding about 60 days after planting. It can grow very tall (5 to 10 feet tall). It is very hard to transplant, so growing from seeds is the way to go. The flowers are large, pale yellow, and somewhat ornamental. The flowers only bloom for one day, and then eventually turn into okra pods. You pick them when they are around 3 inches and you harvest every 2 days or so, because it grows quick.


Okra has vitamins A and C, and is a very good source of iron and calcium. Others nutrients include starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. It is said that okra may be the reason Cleopatra of Egypt and Yang Guifei of china were so beautiful for so long. The fibers found in okra help to stabilize blood sugar by curbing the way it is absorbed into the intestinal tract. Okra is used alot to deal with constipation.
Okra is a great thing to eat if you’re feeling weak, exhausted, or suffering from depression. Okra is used to help people with asthma symptoms because the vitamin C found in it is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory. Some studies even show that okra can lower the risk of cataracts.

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Sources

**http://www.physiology.wisc.edu/ravi/okra/#history**

**http://www.pyroenergen.com/articles07/okra-health-benefits.htm**