Okra, commonly known as "lady's fingers" outside the United States, comes to us from West Africa. Many believe that it was first brought to the U.S. during the slave trade, around 1658.
Today, the okra is most commonly associated with jambalaya recipes of the South or maybe deep fried. Not exactly the healthiest options.
For something a little different, and a lot healthier, try out this recipe for a raw okra salad.