This old heirloom variety is said to trace to Louisiana although it appears prominently in an 1824 still life painting by James Peale of Philadelphia. By that time this prolific okra was being grown locally no doubt for use in pepperpot soup recipes. The short, stumpy pods are best when harvested about 2 to 3 inches long. The very tiny young pods were often dried for winter soups and the roasted seeds could serve as coffee. Plants reach a height of 4-6 feet and will begin yielding from mid-summer until frost. Dry pods for seed saving take about 90 days. Very drought and heat tolerant! Seems to do well under low fertility conditions and is one of the largest seeded okra varieties available. ~40-60 seeds per packet.

Grown for Roughwood by Hebron and Dorothy Smith (Brandywine Seed Farms) in Guthrie, Kentucky.

Stubby Okra