|Okra plant with mature and developing fruits in Hong Kong|
|Okra in longitudinal section|
Okra or Okro (US: //, UK: //), Abelmoschus esculentus, known in many English-speaking countries as ladies' fingers or ochro, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of West African, Ethiopian, and South Asian origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world and is a notable part of the cuisine of the Southern United States and India.
- okry (Southern US vern.); ochro, ochroe (Caribbean); okro
- (obsolete): ochre, ockro, ocra, ocro, occra, occro, ochra, ocre, okero, okwa, ookroo
From an unknown West African language, probably Igbo ọ́kụ̀rụ̀ but cf. Akan ŋkrũmã and ŋkrakra (“broth”).