Okra is a flowering plant known for its edible seed pods. Sometimes referred to as “lady’s finger,” okra comes in two colors — red and green. Both varieties taste the same, and the red one turns green when cooked. Biologically classified as a fruit, okra is generally utilized like a vegetable in cooking. 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. Okra 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.