Ladyfinger’s scientific name is Abelmoschus Esculentus. Ladyfinger is a type of green vegetable long finger-like having a small tip at the topping end. Ladyfinger is a popular vegetable grown in India, Commonly known as “bhendi”. The flower of this plant is extremely beautiful and brightens the garden when in full bloom. Once the ladyfinger plant is harvested another plant will grow in its place and it needs very little maintenance that’s the reason many farmers prefer in growing ladyfinger plantations. The cross-section cut ladyfinger shows white-colored rounded seeds spread entirety inside the vegetables. One of the peculiar signs of this vegetable is the internal stickiness.
Ladyfinger is a green vegetable that packed with nutrients, high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it has several health benefits and is great for your hair and skin. The narrow seeds pod can grow up to 10 inches in length, but the ones used for edible purposes are usually no more than 4-6 inches long. It covered in tiny hairs, they have five or more distinct ridges running down the length. The solid dark green color of the raw seed pod turns even darker as they mature. The raw pod’s turns have a pleasant sweet flavor along with an interesting smooth yet somewhat crunchy texture.
The smaller younger pods offer the best taste and texture while the ripe or matured ones are often unpleasantly stringy.
Ladyfingers can be stored for two days a room temperature in a good condition, after that it will change to losing moisture. Hence it should be store at refrigerated temperature with a relative humidity of 80- 90%. You can wash the ladyfinger, clean it, and store it as a whole or may cut it into desired pieces and store it in a net bag or plastic cover under the refrigerator. Its freshness will be there up to 4-5days
BEST 13 HEALTH BENEFIT OF EATING LADYFINGER (BHENDI)
Benefit for Skin diseases
Ladyfinger is also the treatment of many skin diseases. Skin lesions, uterine disorders, or other skin diseases. Apply the juice of ladyfinger on the sick skin. It has immediate benefits in skin disease.
The benefit of Healing Wound
Ladyfinger is also used for drying wounds. If a person has a wound and it’s not healing, then grind the ladyfinger leaves and apply it to the wound. This will help you to wound healing quickly.
A benefit to curing Itching in the body
Its seen that when people have itching, they will try a variety of prescriptions for the treatment of itching. Sometimes when a prescription does not work, then grind the lady’s finger and make a paste. Apply it on the itchy area. It definitely cures itching.
Benefits in Infection of Intestine
This infection is infected before diarrhea and their symptoms are vomiting and abnormal pain, inflammation involving both stomach and small intestine. Eating vegetables like ladyfinger have anti-inflammation will help to cure your dysentery, which infection of the intestines resulting in severe diarrhea.
The benefit to lower risk of Heart diseases
Okra (ladyfinger) has a thick gel substance is mucilage which can control cholesterol levels. Okra’s diet eliminated more cholesterol in their stools and had lower blood cholesterol levels. So add in your daily diet which fights harmful inflammation and protects your heart.
Benefit for control Sugar level
Research has been found that ladyfinger can decrease or control your sugar level. Eating okra has been linked to blood sugar levels control is very important for your overall health.
The benefit of curing Diarrhea
Diarrhea is indicated by excessive thirst, dry mouth or skin, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness, little bit headaches, and dark urine. It is beneficial to use ladyfinger in diarrhea as well. Just take a ladyfinger, mash the ladyfinger add sugar candy to taste, and drink it. It will help to cure diarrhea.
Benefits in Leukorrhea
Leukorrhea may be caused by infection with bacteria, it transmitted sexually, which involves the transmission of viruses or bacteria. Eating okra can also be taken advantage of in Leucorrhea. For this, make a decoction of 15-20 ml fruit and eat it. This will helps to cure leukorrhea.
Benefit for Diabetes
The risk of type 2 diabetes can be raised by overweight, high blood pressure, family history, increasing age. Okra seeds to be more effective in managing diabetes than the green skin of ladyfinger.
The benefit to improve your immunity system
The vitamin can enhance the functioning of the immune system to produce white blood cells. Okra is rich in vitamin A & C, as well as an antioxidant that helps you to improve the immunity to fight against viruses.
Benefit in Constipation
Apart from helping indigestion, the mucilaginous fiber may be beneficial for a regular bowel movement, preventing and easing gas, bloating, and constipation.
Benefit from Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is a sexual disease, which can happen to anyone male or female. Many men do not have symptoms of gonorrhea. In men, this disease causes a burning sensation while urinating. White, yellow, or green secretions occur from the penis. Similarly, women also have pain, or burning sensation while urinating. Blood is also released from the vagina between menstruation. Mixing sugar in 1-2 grams with bhindi root powder is beneficial by eating it. Taking 5-10 pieces of okra in the decoction is also beneficial in gonorrhea. Take 1-2 times a day. Have to consume for one month. It has benefits in vaginal related diseases.
Benefits for Pregnant Women
Okra is rich in folic acid or vitamin B9 with 100 gm of it providing 60 micrograms of the nutrient it helps neural tube defect, which affects the brain, the spine of a developing fetus. Eating okra may help nutrient for pregnant women.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF PLANT
Ladu finger (Okra) can be grown well in all kinds of soil. But sandy loam and clay loam soil are best for its cultivation. The optimum pH range is between 6.0 to 6.8, soil with high organic matter is preferred so that cartloads or compost should be incorporated. During land preparation, the soil should have good internal drainage.
If you are planting ladyfinger transplants, be sure to space them 1 to 2 feet apart to give them ample room to grow. Plant okra seed about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart in the row you can soak the seeds overnight in tepid water to help speed up germination. Okra plant is tall so place out the row for 3 to 5 feet. Keep the plant well watered throughout the summer month 2 inches of water per week is required, but use more if you are in a very hot region.
Ladyfinger can grow well in full sunlight and thrives well in the temperature range of 25 to 35 degrees. Seeds take 5 to 6 days to germinate, vegetables take 55 to 65 days to mature. Through summer is the best season to grow ladyfinger, it makes a good winter crop too. Seed can be grown indoors and can be transplanted outside when it is sunny during the day. If the temperature below 15 degrees during the night the entire crop can be prone to cold injury. After the first harvest, remove the lower leaves to help speed up production. There is three main planting season of ladyfinger three are February- March, June- July, and October – November.
DIFFERENT NAMES IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Hindi – bhindi
English – Lady’s finger; gumbo; okra
Sanskrit – bhenda ; tindisha
Kannada – Bendekayi
Gujarati – bhindo
Tamil – Vendi
Telugu – Venda Kaya
Bengali – bhendi; dherasa
Nepali – ramturiya
Punjabi – bhenda
Malayalam – vanta
Marathi – bamyah
Chinese – 淑女手指 (Shūnǚ shǒuzhǐ)
French – doigt de dame
Italian – dito della signora
Japanese – レディーフィンガー (Redīfingā)
Korean – 레이디 손가락 (leidi songalag)
Latin – digitus domina
Odia – ଲେଡି ଆଙ୍ଗୁଠି |
Russian – женский палец (zhenskiy palets)
Spanish – dedo de Señorita
Turkish – Bayan parmağı