A highly ornamental and incredibly flavorful variety. Can be planted in your flower beds as accent plants, blooms are similar to hibiscus flowers. Plants grow 4-5′ tall and will produce tender pods all season if kept well picked.
Burgundy Red History
A highly ornamental and incredibly flavorful variety. Can be planted in your flower beds as accent plants, blooms are similar to hibiscus flowers. Plants grow 4-5′ tall and will produce tender pods all season if kept well picked. Bred by Leon Robbins at Clemson University. All American Selections winner in 1988.
Growing Red Burgundy Okra
Plant okra seeds about ½ to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart in a row. You can soak the seeds overnight in tepid water to help speed up germination. Okra plants are tall, so space out the rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Eliminate weeds when the plants are young, then mulch heavily to prevent more weeds from growing. Apply a layer of mulch 2 to 3 inches high. You should side-dress the plants with 10-10-10, aged manure, or rich compost (½ pound per 25 feet of row).
You could also apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting. When the seedlings are about 3 inches tall, thin the plants so that they are 12 to 18 inches apart, if they aren’t already. Keep the plants well watered throughout the summer months; 1 inch of water per week is ideal, but use more if you are in a hot, arid region. After the first harvest, remove the lower leaves to help speed up production.
Preserving And Storing Red Burgundy Plant
Wash and remove stems. Blanch small pods 3 minutes and large pods 4 minutes. Cool in ice water and drain. Slice crosswise and dredge with meal or flour. Spread in a single layer on shallow trays. Place in freezer just long enough to freeze firm. Package quickly, leaving 1⁄2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze
This okra recipe takes on a delicious, bright Mediterranean/Middle Eastern twist. It is the perfect balance of savory, tangy, and just a little bit spicy! A quick okra and tomatoes stew with onions, garlic, jalapenos, warm spices, and spiked with lime juice.
Red Burgundy Nutrition
Okra is rich in many nutrients and particularly high in vitamins C and K. This fruit is unique, as it provides protein, a nutrient that many other fruits and vegetables lack. It is rich in antioxidants that may reduce your risk of serious diseases, prevent inflammation, and contribute to overall health. Most notably, it contains polyphenols that may contribute to heart and brain health. Animal research suggests that okra may bind to cholesterol in your gut and lower blood cholesterol levels. It’s also rich in polyphenols, which fight harmful inflammation and protect your heart.
Other Okra Varieties Worth Checking Out
Clemson Spineless Okra is an allopolyploid of uncertain parentage. However, proposed parents include Abelmoschus ficulneus, A. tuberculatus and a reported “diploid” form of okra. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The Egyptians and Moors of the 12th and 13th centuries used the Arabic word for the plant.