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Our Emerald Green Velvet Okra seed just in time for spring planting. It just isn't summer without okra. Okra can be fried, added to gumbos, grilled, and pickled. i Emerald Green Velvet Okra s a long-time favorite as well as a heirloom variety.
Okra is a warm weather crop. Okra is a heavy producer, and does well in well watered and fertilized garden soil. Plant in full sun.
History of Okra
"Okra is found in it's wild state on the alluvial banks of the Nile and the Egyptians were the first to cultivate it in the basin of the Nile (12'th century BC). It was propagated then through North Africa to the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and India. It arrived then in the Americas at Brazil (1658), Dutch Guinea and at New Orleans before extending in the United States and going up to Philadelphia in 1781."
In the 1800's slaves from Africa used ground okra as a part of their diet, and this apparently led to the use of ground okra seeds as a coffee substitute by other southerners during the American Civil War blockades of the 1860's.
.Sturdy 5-8¢¯¿½?¢âÂ?¢ tall plants with green-gray lightly lobed leaves. Round smooth dark-green velvet pods are 6-8¢¯¿½? long at harvest.
It is best to pre-soak the seed in a small amount of water before planting to speed the germination.
Days to Germination: 10-14 days Days to maturity: 53-65.
Offer is for 50 seeds.
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