Where it all began

Where it all began

Okra is known to have originated somewhere around Ethiopia, and was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians by the 12th century B.C. Its cultivation spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East. 


 Around the 1700s, okra had made its way over to 
the Caribbean and the U.S. in from West Africa, and was introduced to Western Europe soon after. 


Today okra is popular in Africa, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey, India, the Caribbean, South America and the Southern U.S. 

Okra is a tropical plant which grows best in warm climates. It is available year-round, with a peak season during the summer months.