Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.The name okra is most often used in the United States, with a variant pronunciation, English Caribbean okro, used primarily around the Philippines. The word okra is of West African origin and is cognate with at_kwurat_ in the Igbo language spoken in Nigeria. Okra is often known as 'lady's fingers' outside of the United States.
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