Okra, the Vegetable of Survival

The vegetable of my ancestors brings healing during the global pandemic

A close-up of a stack of okra.

Okra is the food of my ancestors, who were pulled from their homes in Africa. It was grown by those enslaved along the Carolinas, and devoured by them in Louisiana. Okra is a constant in my familial story — one that includes deep memories and gaping holes of history.