Collection: Okra Seeds (Heirloom)

Heirloom okra is a fruiting plant related to the hibiscus and hollyhock families. The beautiful yellow-white blossoms transform into tender seed pods that are used in gumbo, stews, and even cooked in the oven. Heirloom okra is a fast-growing, high-yielding vegetable. Heirloom okra may be grown as an annual in all hardiness zones, despite its preference for a hot climate. Eden Brothers offer nine varieties of heirloom okra, including organic varieties!

About our heirloom okra seeds

  • Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
  • Sometimes also called "lady's fingers"
  • Rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that reduce the risk of serious health conditions
  • Sweet, grassy flavor that takes on more depth with longer cooking

About our heirloom okra seeds

  • Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
  • Sometimes also called "lady's fingers"
  • Rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that reduce the risk of serious health conditions
  • Sweet, grassy flavor that takes on more depth with longer cooking

Choose from the very best heirloom okra varieties

In the right conditions, heirloom okra is a heat-loving annual that grows quickly. Heirloom okra, which belongs to the same family as hibiscus and hollyhock, has a lovely blossom that eventually changes into a seedpod, which is the plant's edible portion. Your vegetable garden's most fruitful plant will most likely be heirloom okra. You should examine your plants every day for the remainder of the season once the first pods appear. Prepare to create a lot of gumbo and make friends with those who love to eat!

Where to grow heirloom okra

Heirloom okra has a reputation for only growing in hot climates, which is why many gardeners avoid it. You may enjoy homegrown heirloom okra in any hardiness zone with a little more effort and preparation. Because heirloom okra is sensitive to cold weather, you may sow seeds inside four weeks before the last frost in your location to get a head start on the season. Wait until the soil temperature reaches at least 65°F before sowing seeds directly. Full light and nutrient-rich soil are ideal for heirloom okra. Because most types grow between three and six feet tall, plant your okra in a row or raised bed where it won't shadow out other crops. Harvest seed pods when they're young and harvest them frequently, as okra quickly becomes woody and unpalatable.

Cooking with heirloom okra + nutritional benefits

Heirloom okra is a low-calorie vegetable that is high in nutrients. Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants, are abundant in the seedpods. Incorporating heirloom okra into your diet may also aid in the management of cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Okra has a slimy feel unless it is properly cooked. To increase the texture, saute seed pods in a pan over high heat or roast them in the oven. Heirloom okra tastes great in gumbo, soups, stews, and even marinara sauce!

Heirloom okra is easy to grow

Heirloom okra is a simple to grow plant that packs a punch when harvested. There's no excuse not to cultivate okra in your garden this season, with all the nourishment this old-time favorite provides! Eden Brothers has nine heirloom okra varieties that are sure to please.

For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting heirloom okra seeds, see the Okra Seeds Planting Guide.