Okra Seeds - Cherokee Long Pod
- 20 Seeds
- Maturity: 55-65 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Plant Structure: Tall, Bushy, reaching heights of 4-5 feet
- Heirloom Variety: Cherished by the Cherokee tribes
- Exceptional Length: Slim, tender pods
- Versatile Culinary Uses: Suitable for frying, pickling, and soups
- Growth Pattern: Prefers full sun and well-drained soil
- Watering Needs: Moderate, with dry intervals
History: The story of the Cherokee Long Pod Okra intertwines with the rich agricultural practices of the Cherokee nation. This heirloom variety stands out, not just for its elongated and slender pods but also for the deep cultural heritage it represents. Cherished and cultivated over generations after adoption by the Cherokee, it serves as a testament to their dedication to preserving and passing down traditional crops.
Uses: The Cherokee Long Pod Okra isn't just long in history, but in its pods too. These elongated, slim pods have become a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike due to their mild flavor and tenderness. Their adaptability shines through when they are fried, delivering a crisp texture, or pickled, where their length stands out. Furthermore, when incorporated into gumbos or stews, they infuse a subtle, unique taste, enhancing the dish's overall flavor profile.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: For a successful crop of Cherokee Long Pod Okra, start by selecting a spot that receives abundant sunlight. Plant the seeds approximately 1/2 inch deep in soil that offers good drainage, ensuring there's a gap of 12-18 inches between each seed. Rows should be spaced between 24-36 inches. As the plants begin their upward journey, they appreciate regular watering. However, to prevent waterlogging and root diseases, let the soil dry out a touch between watering sessions. With the right care, these tall, bushy plants will reward you with an abundance of long, slender pods, each carrying a piece of history.