Abelmoschus esculentus : Okra

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Okra [Abelmoschus esculentus Moench], known in many English-speaking countries as lady’s fingers, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.

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Okra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants. Okra is also a good source of calcium and potassium.

Photos: HortPark,  Singapore, 20130629

Source: Wikipedia

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