‘Blondy White’

Okra / Gombo / Μπάμιες
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Common Name: Okra / Gombo / Μπάμιες

Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: full sun

Soil type: Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil. pH 6.0 to 6.7

Sowing in nursery: February

Direct Planting: March

Germination: 5 to 7 days after sowing (15 - 26ºC)

Harvest: 120 days after sowing

Spacing: 40cm/40cm/1cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: cross-pollinated by insects

Seed preservation: 3 years


Edible Parts: Fruit; Leaves; Oil; Root; Seed

Medicine: Antispasmodic;  Demulcent;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Emollient;  Stimulant;  Vulnerary

The roots are very rich in mucilage, having a strongly demulcent action. This mucilage can be used as a plasma replacement. An infusion of the roots is used in the treatment of syphilis. The juice of the roots is used externally in Nepal to treat cuts, wounds and boils. The leaves furnish an emollient poultice. A decoction of the immature capsules is demulcent, diuretic and emollient. It is used in the treatment of catarrhal infections, ardor urinae, dysuria and gonorrhoea. The seeds are antispasmodic, cordial and stimulant. An infusion of the roasted seeds has sudorific properties.

Known Hazards: The hairs on the seed pods can be an irritant to some people and gloves should be worn when harvesting. These hairs can be easily removed by washing.