Jason DiLoreti is a fellow board member for Slow Food Asheville and has a beautiful farm in Leicester NC. He volunteered to grow some okra for me (which is a dangerous thing to do) and now has 5 plants of 10 different red okra varieties growing!
The idea to do a Random Red okra trial came from the fact that I had a bunch of okras all called red okra. Some of them had a town attached (Chatham Red), some of them had a descriptor (Red Wonder) and some just a number (Red Okra 98). I planted Red Burgundy as a baseline variety, which is also growing at Franny’s Farm. I also planted Bowling Red, which is a know heirloom and was grown as part of the Kerr Center Okra Trial in 2012.
We direct seeded on May 27, first signs of sprouting okra showed up on June 2. I’m excited to see what differences the random reds have to show.