Growing okra is a North Carolina tradition, but you don't have to confine it to the vegetable patch. Okra is a rather handsome plant in foliage and especially flower, as a member of the highly ornamental Hibiscus family.
It's a different looking, small ribbed green pod that is edible. It's has a slimy-when-cooked-texture and might be the vegetable from another planet. But it has wound its way onto the palette of Southern eaters who devour it fried, raw, or in Brunswick stews and gumbos. It's okra!
Reflecting on the varieties of plants produced also entailed examining initiatives that may yield further success. Through focusing on traditional Southern crops, marginalized native food crops, and tropical perennials, this nonprofit hopes to collaborate with local chefs and farmers to create a hardier and more appealing food system.