How Long Okra Seed Take To Germinate?
The time it takes an Okra seed to germinate is (10 – 27 days). It all depends on how much moisture and heat is the soil holds. The ideal temperature to grow Okra is (75 – 95) degrees Fahrenheit.
This makes Okra suitable to sow during late spring and during the summer.
To speed up Okra germination time in just a few days, soak all Okra seeds in water overnight for (12 hours) before sowing them in the garden.
Okra can grow in almost any soil type just as long as it is getting all the required elements to germinate. These include water, sun, and nutrients.
If it is your first time growing Okra plant, the seeds should be sown directly on the ground or in a raised bed. Okra seedlings don’t like when their roots are disturbed, otherwise, they will die.
So, it is NOT! recommended to transplant Okra seedlings from one place to the other.
When sowing your Okra seeds they should be at least one inch deep in rows.
The longest it will take some Okra variety to germinate is within 12 days.
Once your Okra seedling sprout 4 inches tall, it time to mulch and fertilize their roots, however, try to not disturb their roots too much, they are very sensitive plants
You can sow up to 6 seeds at once in one whole, why because many times 4 – 5 Okra seedlings out of 10 will germinate most of the time.
So, once the Okraplants start to grow thick, thin them to 2 or 3 to one whole.
The Ideal Spacing For Okra Plants?
The ideal spacing for Okra plants is (12 – 18) feet apart from each other. The reason for this is because Okra plants grow tall a wide and take up a lot of places.
The more space they have the better for the plant to flower and produce fruit. If they are too close together or clustered they will fruit but not as they should.
More than likely, Okra plants that cluster together will compete and outgrow each other instead of fruiting.
Can Okra Seedling Be TransPlanted?
Okra seeds are usually not recommended for a transplant like other crops.
However, Some gardeners often started their Okra seed in peat moss soil mixed in a pot because the plant roots are very brittle and do not like to be disturbed.
One way of transplanting your Okra seedlings from one plant to the other is to remove their roots along with the soil from the pot.
Ideally, soak the pot well then slowly remove the plant root intact with the soil.
How To Know When Okra In Ready To Harvest?
Most Orka varieties are ready for harvesting 2 months from the day they germinate.
Sometimes it can be sooner and sometimes later depending on many factors.
However, Okra is usually ready to harvest when they grow 4 inches long on the plant.
If left for too long, they will become hardened and start to dry. The younger the Okra the better.
Once the Orka is hardened and too old to eat, you can also harvest the seeds to plant some other time.
Why is Cooked Okra Slimy?
The reason why Okra pods or so slimy is because the vegetable contains long-chain sugars and proteins with sugars attached (polysaccharides and glycoproteins).
Most plants usually have these within them, but Okra pods and leaves are deeply rich in them.
Did you know that 100 grams of Okra have around 90 grams of water in it?
When you cook Okra, the water gets separated from the vegetable to leave it slimmer.
So, when the Okra pod is cooked, the long-chain molecules dissolve into the water and twine about each other. This forms some called mucilage, which has a slimy texture.
If you have aloe vera or cactus leaf they look very similar and that familiar-looking guh is called Mucilage.
The Mucilage substance plays a role in water storage and food storage for the Okra plant. Okra pods always consist of a high concentration of Mucilage.
Side note, I usually add cornmeal to okra dishes. It helps to soak up the slime texture, which becomes barely noticeable afterward.
If you cook Your Okras right, it will not become too slimy.
One way I usually de-slime Okra is by sauteing it in a hot pan with olive oil.
This technique works every time with diced and whole okra.
What Does Okra Taste Like?
Okra flavors and tastes sometimes depend on how it prepared. When it’s Fried, it has a nutty flavor.
However, when it is boiled, tastes like purple hull peas, it does become quite slimy, but a distinct taste that defies description.
Okra Has a sweet slimy flavor when cooked alone. Nevertheless, when boiled with tomatoes and onions, the slime is still evident, however, the sweetness pairs very well with the tartness of the tomatoes and acidity of the onion altogether.
Okras are good when well cooked in gumbo. A lot of people eat it breaded and fry it,
Personally, for me, I cannot compare Okra’s taste to any other vegetable because I eat different recipes altogether. 🙂
How Can Okra be Cooked And Not End up Being Slimy?
The best way to de-slime Okra vegetable and not make it slimy at all goes as follows:
- Prepare and Cut fresh okra.
- Microwave for 5 – 7 minutes to make them cook faster.
- Dice chopped onions, garlic, and ginger with green chili pepper (optional)
- When the onions turn brown, add spices as per your liking, I personally put coriander powder, salt, and turmeric powder.
- Afterward, stir and medium flame cooks the seasons, then add the Okra that was microwaved.
- Cover your pot and let it cook in medium flame while you keep stirring from time to time for another 4 – 5 minutes.
- Then serve and enjoy your Okra vegetable.
Is Okra Good For You?
The short answer is yes, in more ways than many people know.
The Okra vegetable is consists of an excellent source of vitamins and minerals from A to Zinc.
Low in Sodium and high in Potassium and Magnesium. Also, it’s low in carbohydrates and fats, while high in proteins and fiber.
Okra has many health benefits, and while growing up I always hear people say that Okra is good for your joints as well.
Okra is an essential food in many other Caribbean and Southern dishes. Whether they are Boiled or fried. It is delicious pickled whole in vinegar with a bit of hot pepper.
Nevertheless, Okra contains nutrients with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antidiabetic, and antiepileptic properties.
Other Benefits Of Okra
Some other benefits of Okra pods include;
- Lower cholesterol and insulin resistance
- Better blood glucose control.
- Okra helps the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and brain are better able to function, and immune system health is increased.
Is Okra ok to Eat Raw?
The Okra pods are eatable raw, steamed, cooked, fried, or even on stews.
If you have a termite’s stomach flora and fauna and enzymes to digest it raw. The best pods to eat raw are the young pods that are 1 – 2 inches long.
What Are The Benefits of Eating Raw Okra?
People eat raw Okra because they are full of many benefits when eaten raw or cooked.
Has mentioned earlier this amazing vegetable is full of vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy, balanced lifestyle these include but are not limited to:
Folate, Vitamin K, Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Niacin, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.
Okra may not be the tastiest vegetable, however, a lot of people believe this superfood can help to prevent diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease as well as support colon health.
What is The Best Way to Eat Okra?
The best way to eat okra is either fried in oil with other vegetables such as onions and sweet pepper or oven-fried. Normally, I prefer oven-fried because it is healthier with less slime.
The Best Way To Cook Okra
First, heat up the oven and cast iron skillet with just enough olive oil to coat the bottom to 400.
Afterward, wash and pat dry your okra pods and cut the cap ends off. Handle carefully, then brush easily.
Spice things up by tossing in some unbleached flour, then dip in an egg wash made with 1 egg and 1 tbsp Tabasco,
Add 1 part yellow cornmeal and 1 part bread crumbs seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning and some cayenne pepper and garlic powder.
Lastly, place the coated okra in a hot skillet and bake for 10 minutes. Shake the pan and bake another 10 minutes.
What is the Best Time to Eat Okra?
Okra can be eaten either during the night, morning, day, there is no specific time to mean Okras.
However, during the night is best if you want your guts to be cleaned.
The morning time is best if you want to have painless motion or joints with better bowel movement.
So, I hope the post has helped you to know a little more about Okra as well as How Long Okra Seed Take To Germinate, and more.
Okra is always available in my garden.