Ask a local gardener what they’re harvesting right now, and there’s likely to be a short answer. Okra, they’ll probably say. Ask for more details, and the answer will be: lots of okra.

Okra is the stereotypical Texan. It thrives in hot weather, outlasts its rivals through sheer tenacity, stands tall and, like many Texans, came here from far away and made a big contribution to our local flavor.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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