How to Harvest Okra:

  • In the video, you will learn
  • How big should okra be before you pick it,
  • What to do after picking okra,
  • Why it is not advisable to let your okra pods become very big:
  • The frequency of harvest and much more!

How to Harvest Okra Video Spoiler Alert:

  • Harvest the okra when seed pods are 1 to 2 days old and 2 to 4 inches long; these appear about 2 months after planting.
  • This is when okra is at its softest and most digestible.
  • Cut the stem just above the cap with a knife. If the stem is too hard to cut, the pod is probably too old and should be tossed.
  • Wear gloves and handle the pods as little as possible, to prevent softening before use and skin irritation.
  • Even so-called “spineless” varieties may have some setulose growth, so don’t be surprised if you encounter these fine protrusions on pods, stems, and leaves.
  • If you find that they’re already woody when you pick at three inches, toss this harvest into a dish that’s going to be cooked low and slow, which may help to soften them a bit.
  • Each time you harvest Okra you encourage more growth, so do it frequently.

For more… Watch the video!