Other than delicious, okra's flavor defies easy description. Okra fruits add heft to soups and stews—and are tasty fried or boiled. Growing from 2 to 6'', Okra is at its tastiest, tenderest best when the pods are smaller. Loaded with protein, minerals and fiber, okra is the indispensable ingredient in gumbo, adding depth of flavor and thickness. Indeed the name for okra in Africa—where it originated—is gumbo.