Woo hoo! I managed to grow okra! I'm amazed. Particularly since these two plants were neglected for a month. Weeds growing up like crazy all around it.
Here's the weedy state of the 2 okra plants:
But they seem to be happy nonetheless:
Here's the pod I picked today:
I really should have picked it last night but I didn't get home from work until 7:30 and I forgot all about it. I swear it grew an inch since yesterday morning!
There should be a few more ready by the weekend so I can have a taste test. The first pod went into a paper bag in the crisper drawer awaiting it's siblings.
My first attempt in eating my homegrown okra will be by frying it. I'm hoping to put a few into a vegetable soup as well.
Here's an okra story...
We were on vacation celebrating our 25th Anniversary. It was a great trip, no schedules, just meandering south from NH to FL for a week. We drove down the Delmarva Peninsula and went across the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. We stopped at the gift shop/restaurant on the south side of the bridge-tunnel so we could enjoy the view. Since it was getting late, we decided to grab a bite to eat and watch the sunset. I ordered the soup and the young woman said I probably wouldn't like it because it had okra and other weird stuff in it (I don't think she knew what lima beans were because that was the only other "wierd" vegetable I could find). I assured her I'd enjoy it. It was the best vegetable soup I've ever had! That woman didn't know what she was missing! I don't know if I can ever replicate that soup, but I'm sure going to try.
And I'll have it all to myself!