Clemson Spineless on the far right--3 inches
Here, directly from Fedco's seed catalog Fedco Seeds:
"No, this is not a good hunting story or one of those sure-fire get-rich schemes, nor did Beck make his buck by getting a bail-out funded by tax-payer dollars. When Malcolm and Delphine Beck bought their farm in 1968 in Cormal County, TX they found in the abandoned garden giant okra stalks with the fattest pods they'd ever seen. When they saved and replanted the seed it grew big fluted remarkably tender delicious green pods in abundance on sturdy plants. They called it the snapping okra because it snaps so easily off the plants when it is ready to harvest. They couldn't find anything like it in seed catalogs.
At one point they even saved and cleaned 74 POUNDS of seed for a repacker only to have the company go belly-up before paying them a cent. Undeterred they've continued giving seeds away the last 33 years at their Garden Ville store. It turns out that the original seeds were smuggled from Germany (GERMANY??? Too far north for okra???)(maybe via the Dalmatian Coast??)by one of their neighbors. We are fortunate to have a limited quantity grown by our friends at Southern Exposure. Though not adapted to our climate (Maine for Fedco) Beck's will produce even in Central Maine in an average growing season. Of course it will do much better further south."
So, if you like okra, and you want to grow it, check out the seed from Fedco Seeds! We can vouch for its size, tenderness and taste out here JOTOLR!
Sorry, Clemson! Back to the drawing board for you!
And a closing sunset for today--it was spectacular last night! This is our peach tree in silhouette.