Chinese Okra

Long, green and sharply ridged, Chinese okra is harvested in its immature stage, and can be treated similarly to zucchini. It is a distant relative of the cucumber, and in its mature stages is used to make Luffa or Loofah bath sponges. In spite of the sharp ridges along the vegetable's surface, you don't need to peel it before cooking and eating. When sliced, Chinese Okra will take on the appearance of a star. A popular vegetable used extensively throughout Asia and Africa, Chinese Okra should be eaten young before it becomes bitter. The flesh will get soft and tender when stir-fried, steamed, or sautéed. Chinese okra is low in calories; a 3 ounce serving contains only 20 calories and 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, 132 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 17
  • Calories from fat: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: 147mg
  • Total Carbs: 4g
    • Fiber: 4g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Vitamin C: 29%
  • Calcium: 3%
  • Iron: 3%


Handling & Storage


Sporadic availability year round

Also Known As

  • Sin kwa
  • Sin qua
  • Loofah
  • Peerkangai
  • Luffa
  • Hechima

Store at 38 to 40 degrees, avoid rough handling as the product is somewhat brittle and breaks.

  • Luffa acutangula


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