Commercially introduced by us in the U.S.!
Phonetically pronounced: yell-oh-wa -ak-coy
Widely known as Sultani among growers, Yalova Akköy is one of the most popular Turkish okra varieties. Vigorous plants start producing long, light green pods in 45-50 days. Pods hardly get fibrous, and are not as slimy as most other varieties, when pickled. If you want to make a meal out of okra, we also recommend you to soak the sliced pods in lemon-water before cooking, to take the slime away.
Owner Mehmet Öztan typically harvests the seeds the way his mom would pick the pods from the grocery store. Mehmet says: “I pick the long, slender pods for the best flavor and tenderness.
This variety was unanimously picked by all 15 judges as the winner of a taste test among 60 okra varieties conducted in 2018 by Chris Smith for his comprehensive book about okra, The Whole Okra: A Stem to Stem Celebration. We highly recommend you to have a copy of the book. It is loaded with information from growing okra to okra recipes to various uses of this amazing vegetable.