Red Okra are torpedo shaped and about two to five inches long. Red okra is sometimes called magenta or purple okra. Other names for okra include ladies’ fingers or ochro. Red Okra offers a unique flavor and fresh taste . There is not so much difference between red okra and green okra other than the color. On cooking Red Okra looses it’s red color and the pods turns green.
Advantages of Red Okra : Okra is a good source of vitamin C and A, also B complex vitamins, iron and calcium. It is low in calories, a good source of dietary fiber, and is fat-free.
When to Pick : They must be picked about 4 to 5 days after flowering , when 4 inches or so in length, before they mature and toughen. It comes in varying shades of green (new red variety) and can be smooth. Always purchase young , tender but firm cods. It can be easily broken into half.
Varieties : Red Okra varieties include :
- Red Velvet.
- Royal Burgundy.
- Little Lucy.
- Aunt Hettie’s Red.
- Hill Country Red.
How to Plant : Growing Red Okra Plants
Plant okra in the spring 2 to 3 weeks after all danger of frost has passed. For a good fall crop, plant at least 3 months before the first fall frost. Okra seeds can be hard to get to germinate. Plant the okra seeds about 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart in the row . It blooms about two months from planting, and the fruits appear 5-7 days after flowering. It Requires proper harvesting. Once the plants start to grow, thin them so they are spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. Okra thrives in the full , hot sun. Regular watering is needed and is particularly critical during flowering and pod development.