Okra, commonly called gumbo, is edible hibiscus of the Malvaceae (or Mallow) family. In this genus belong many species of ornamental flowering hibiscus, several of which are natives of the United States. Cotton is the most important economic plant belonging to the mallow family.
Grades of Okra
- U.S. No. 1 consists of pods of okra of similar varietal characteristics which are fresh, tender, not badly misshapen, free from decay, and from damage caused by dirt or other foreign matter, disease, insects, mechanical or other means.
Detailed standards, Inspection Instructions & Other Resources:
- U.S. Grade Standards for Okra (pdf)
- Inspection Instructions for Okra (pdf)
- Unofficial Okra Visual Aid (pdf)