Common Name: Okra
Binomial Nomenclature: Abelmoschus esculentus
Culinary Use: Immature fruit - cooked on their own or added to soups etc. They can be used fresh or dried. Mucilaginous, they are commonly used as a thickening for soups, stews and sauces.
Medicinal Use: This mucilage can be used as a plasma replacement. An infusion of the roots is used in the treatment of syphilis
Fun Fact: A fibre obtained from the stems is used as a substitute for jute[57, 61, 74, 169]. It is also used in making paper and textiles