Okra also known as 'Abelmoschus esculentus,' 'bhendi' or ladies finger is an important vegetable in tropical countries like India. Okra is available in India throughout the year making it the largest producer of the vegetable in the world.

It is a fresh green vegetable with tapering ends and edible seeds. Cooking releases a slimy juice which often works as a thickening agent. The vegetable has gained popularity as it is a good source of vitamin A and folic acid, carbohydrates, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It is good for people suffering from renal colic, lecorrhoea and general weakness.
    All year round.

Okra prefers warm climate. It is among the most heat- and drought-tolerant vegetable species in the world—but severe frost can damage the pods and requires frost free growing period. It can be grown in sandy loam soils. However clay loam well drained soil is most preferred.
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Okra pods are covered in short, very fine hairs, and should be firm.

Depending on the market, the vegetables are sold loose or pre-packed. If pre-packed, they are neatly packed with cut ends to base of pack to eliminate damage or bruising to the product. They are exported by using a strong cardboard or plastic outer, without staples or wooden packaging.

The box labels will include details as they apply to: pack date, harvest date, origin, weight, product name, supplier name, class of product.