Okra is commonly used in Southern, Creole, and Cajun cooking.  This is due to the
fact that it was initially introduced into the United States in its southern region.  Since
there is little frost in the southern region, okra grows well there.

Okra is low in calories and is a good source of many nutrients including vitamin B6 and
C, fiber, calcium, and folic acid.  It is effective for the prevention of neural tube defects
in developing fetuses mainly due to its high content of vitamin B6, calcium, fiber, and
folic acid.  


Sources:

Murray , Michael N.D.. The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods.
New York: Atria Books, 2005.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention-5 A Day.

National Agricultural Library-USDA. usda.gov.

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia


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