Abelmoschus esculentus (65 days) Open-pollinated. A bayou favorite since the 1950s, Cajun Jewel adapts well to our cooler climate and produces almost as much as hybrid Cajun Delight. Dwarf spineless 3–4' plants yield relatively early 1x7" pods with good flavor. Staffer Emily Skrobis grew four plants in a hoophouse, and they provided her with plenty of okra until frost. She enjoyed regular picking in part so she could admire each new flower. In this year’s trial against Annie Oakley II, Cajun Jewel remained on top for vigor and production. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange introduced this Jewel to commerce in 1989. Black Benefit Sharing. ②
3695 Cajun Jewel - Organic
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Days to maturity are from date of transplanting, not seeding.
2 gram packet contains about ~30 seeds.
The seed pods are the vegetable we know as okra, a staple down South, and used in Creole, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Indian and other Asian cuisines. The leaves are also edible, cooked or raw.
Culture: Start indoors in peat pots and transplant in 4-5 weeks, after all danger of frost has passed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 70-90°. Transplant 1' apart; do not disturb roots. Once it flowers, the fleshy pods will be ready for harvest in two days. They are best when picked young and tender, no longer than 4". Longer pods are really fibrous, however The Whole Okra provides a plethora of options for using the ones that slip past. Southern growers may declare okra pest-free, but our northern slugs beg to differ.
State legislator Craig Hickman of Annabessacook Farm in Winthrop, who grows 400 plants per year, says okra requires TLC, balanced nutritious soil with good pH, and not much competition from weeds. According to one of his veteran fieldhands, “Okra is a diva…that needs hot weather for about 60 days.”
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.