August 13th 2011 Tim Candler
Some call them Bhindi, some call
them Ladies Fingers, some call them Okra, some call them Gumbo.
Their name Gumbo comes from West Africa. Their name Okra comes
from the Nigerian part of West Africa. Their name Ladies Fingers
comes from Thailand. And their name Bhindi comes from India.
They are Mallows, as Hibiscus are,
and some say they originate from the Nile. Others say they
originate from the Philippines, because that's where their ancestors are
native. They can grow six to ten foot tall, and they can do this
in a matter of months.
Bhindi Bhaji, is Bhindi
sautéed with red pepper, garlic, cumin and turmeric. Fried Okra is
dipped in batter then fried in butter or bacon fat. Gumbo is a soup that should
have at least one crustacean in it. The frugal grind the seeds
of those Okra gone woody and make something like coffee. I put Okra in cold water and
when cold water boils they are ready to eat. Cooked in this dull way
there is less clearing up and it justifies dreaming of ice cream or baked
potato and mayonnaise.
Okra enjoy the hottest sun and I am told
that if you pinch out their tips when they are young you'll not be able to
use the ladder excuse to stop harvesting them.