Vegetable Seed Production
Family: Malvaceae

Okra flower Common Name: Okra
Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus (L) Moench
Family: Malvaceae Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Okra introduction & history

  • Okra is thought to have originated in Abyssinia or what is presently Ethiopia and the upper Nile River Region of Sudan
  • Records of okra production date to 12th century Egypt where it was widely grown
  • Over time, okra moved from North Africa to the eastern Mediterranean and India
  • Okra was introduced into U.S. via French colonists and/or from Brazil which was initially supplied probably from African slave movement

Okra Seed Production and Identification page