Okra is a torpedo-shaped pod ranging in length from 5 to 6 inches when mature. okra is known for its lean flavor, resulting in an indispensable ingredient in stews, curries, deep fried, or grilled. Whether fried, pickled, or grilled, no other vegetable tastes quite like okra. There are many different types of okra from which to choose. The flavor is generally mild, but there is variation in pod length. However, all cultivars should be picked when immature, at about three to four inches in length, for peak flavor and tenderness.