If you are ever shown a photo of the beautiful flower above and asked to identify it, I am telling you now...this is an OKRA flower, okay?
(I saw this on a blog and hardly anyone knew what it was!)
It will grow into a pod of okra. See the sweet little pods beneath the flower? That is wonderful okra!
Now class, what flower is it?
Very good, now please don't forget it!My Dad gave me a jar of canned green beans, canned red potatoes and a jar of pickled okra (with garlic and dill), which he had canned himself. I cooked the green beans with the potatoes and some sausage and chopped up two of the pickled okra pods and put them into the pot. This was THE most delicious food ever! Richard came home from work and it smelled so good, he probably thought he was in the wrong house! He ate two helpings of it, it was that good!
Lots of people don't like okra, but if so, it might be possible, you have never had it cooked properly. Okra is great to thicken soups and stews. In the South, we like to bread it and fry it which is my son's favorite, especially if it is fresh from the garden. I do wonder how many people have had it pickled, the way my Dad makes it. I wish I could send you all some pickled okra! In the meantime, admire the flower which is just gorgeous, isn't it? You may also admire my Dad's cabinet of canned vegetables!
It it grows in the garden, my Dad is able to can it and he is always willing to share.
We sure do miss Lake Alexander at Panola Mountain State Park. Hope it will one day be returned to its full pool. The photo above is from last year. Hope springs eternal!