Today I did an illustration of Clemson Spineless Okra:
Apparently the spines on okra can make some people itchy when they pick them, but not these okra. I don't remember ever getting itchy from picking okra, but I can imagine how some people would. The worst for me was always squash. My hands would get red dots from the pokey leaves.
I just learned from wikipedia that okra is also called "lady fingers" and "gumbo" in some parts of the world. The word "okra" is actually of West African origin from "okwuru" in the Igbo language spoken in Nigeria. Some people believe okra originated in West Africa while others think it might be from South Asia or Ethiopia.