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exceptionally gum-rich okra will also give the world a major new crop.

Progress and Public Relations In spite of the fact that okra is a potentially very important plant, little effort is being given to its development. As noted, this is largely due to the public’s negative mindset. To overcome popular repugnance requires more than science…it requires publicity. Some sort of Okra Appreciation Society would help give the vegetable a good push. It might foster newspaper and magazine coverage of okra’s possibilities. And it might operate such things as contests, recipes, home-economics courses, and nutritional awareness demonstrations. Although the plant’s prospects are high, its future depends on a mental course change to break it out of the slime still blinding everyone to the crop’s greater potential.


Botanical Name Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench

Synonym Hibiscus esculentus L.

Family Malvaceae

Common Names

Arabic: bamia, bamya, bamieh

English: okro, lady’s finger, ladies finger, gumbo

India: bhindi, bindi, dheras, bandakai, vendakai

Chinese: ka fei huang kui, huang su kui, huang qiu kui, qiu kui (medicinal name); chan qie, ch’aan k’e, Ts’au kw’ai (Cantonese)

French: gombo, bamie-okra, ketmie comestible, ambrette

German: ocker

Spanish: gombo, ají turco, quimbombo, ocra

Portuguese: gumbro, quingombo, quiabo, quillobo

Akan (Twi): nkruman, nkruma (okra)

Bantu: ki ngombo, ngumbo, gombo

Congo, Angola: quillobo, ki ngombo

Swahili: gumbo

Thai: krachiap khieo, krachiap mon, bakhua mun

Greek: bamia

Hebrew: bamiya, hibiscus ne’echal

Hungarian: gombó, bámia

Italian: gombo, ocra, bammia d’egitto, corna di greci

Japanese: okura, Amerika neri, kiku kimo

Malaysia: bendi, kacang bendi, kacang lender, sayur bendi , kacang lendir , kachang bendi

Indonesia: kopi arab.

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