Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pot Belly Okra

I won a drawing from  Pecan Corners Youtube channel. I will receive seed for  "Pot Belly Okra"
 She said.
You can save the seed from this okra, in fact that is the only way to get it. There are no commercial sources - the lady I got it from died and even local people did not have it any more. Everyone forgot the work this man did, his family did not keep any of his records. So I started asking everyone around here, and picking up bits and pieces of info. Charles Wright was a Science teacher here, and he and his wife grew a huge garden for the community - they let everyone come and pick so people chipped in to help work it. This okra was also called "Pot Belly Okra" and when you grow it you will see why. It gets wider rather than long. It won't keep in the fridge, but if it is dry and kept where air can get to it, it will keep for several days. It holds a lot of water so if it is piled up on top of each other it will mold. It freezes well, and it cans well with tomatoes. I also canned some leftover gumbo with it and it held up very well.
It does have spines though so I wear gloves & long sleeves when I am gathering. As long as it snaps off the stalk it is good.For more information see her blog


 I have not found proof yet that this Okra is from the famous
Charles Wright (1811-1886) ; born at Wethersfield, Connecticut, a graduate of ... a land-surveyor and school-teacher, but devoting much time to botanical study
Book with Charles Write info
Wickpedia  Said he was never married and lived with his brother and sister at the end of his life.

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