Abelm-oscus esculemtis (L.) moench is the horticultural name for okra.
Probably everybody but me knew this already. And, you probably already knew
that the pods of the okra plant were called "fruit".
Now in my opinion, I think of
"fruit" as for dessert by itself or perhaps with ice cream. I cannot think of okra
as something you eat raw or in a pie or okra cocktail; I do not think that I ever want okra as a
dessert. I do, however, like boiled okra, fried okra, and okra in
soup or goulash.
Besides okra as an edible vegetable, it has a lovely blossom with green foliage, which makes it
ornamental as well.
I stopped by Mr. Senger's
home in the south part of town
recently to admire his cannas and
his collection of thornless prickly pears. It seems that prickly
pears are the only thing I can grow
that grasshoppers do not eat up. Mr. Senger also had okra, which
he shared with me along with some of his thornless prickly
pears. I have heard that these "pears" are also edible so I may
need a recipe for prickleless pear preserves.
Wonder if they are classified as fruit or vegetable?