My Grandad grew 'em, and my Grandma canned 'em...
...but all this time of eating and loving it,
I never knew that OKRA is also called Ladies' Fingers.
(What lady has falon-like, claw-tips
at the end? Or a green hue? Or soft fur?)
It's name is likely derived from
an Igbo (Nigerian) word, 'okuru'.
I chase the origins of words,
because I always want a deeper grasp
of a word's source, and roots.
It's rare and refreshing to find an acknowledged
word-route, of an English word that links to Africa.
Historical and linguistic erasures are maddening!
Anyway, the cross-section of okra
is a beautiful mandala.
But that's true of all fruit.
Yes, okra is considered a fruit.
A fruit, by definition, is a SEEDED organism.
Watermelons and other 'foods' that have been de-seeded,
have been 'modified' so badly, they don't even fit
their original definition anymore.
and nature will grasp you.
and nature will botch you.