The high antioxidants and vitamin C content make okra useful for reducing asthmatic attacks. okra is a perennial flowering plant belongs to the Malvaceae (mallows) family, and named scientifically as Abelmoschus esculentus.
The okra plant bears numerous dark green colored pods measuring about 5 15 cm in length. It takes about 45 60 days to get ready to harvest fruits. Internally, the pods feature small, round, mucilaginous white colored seeds arranged in vertical rows. The pods are handpicked while just short of reaching maturity and eaten as a vegetable.