One of the earliest accounts was by a Spanish Moor who visited Egypt in 1216, and described the plant (which was under cultivation by the locals who ate the tender) as young pods with meat. … In the Philippines , okra is the important ingredient in the Ilocano dish pinakbet. In some countries okra seeds are of most interest rather than the whole young pods. When ripe, the seeds yield edible oil that is the equal of many other cooking oils, including olive oil. …

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