Okra is a nutrient-dense addition to any kitchen garden. This tall-growing plant from Ethiopia loves bright sun and produces beautiful flowers. The edible seed pods have a mild flavor that can be used in many different dishes, not just gumbo. Mucilage, the sticky substance inside, acts as a natural thickener when heated.
Even if the texture of okra is not your thing, this is still a really fun heat-loving vegetable to try out in your garden this summer.