Lady finger is a common vegetable seen
in the local markets. It is cooked in a different ways, in different parts
of the world. The vegetable can be steamed, seasoned and even added to soups.
The goodness of lady finger is not something that people have only realised
recently. The value of the lady finger has been proclaimed and advocated for
The vegetable is popular for its diuretic properties.
It has been used in the treatment of urinary tract infections for many years
now and in many countries of the world. Besides this, lady finger is used
as the base for poultices, as a sudorific and emollient and an antiscorbutic.
It is also used effectively in the cure of dysuria. The vegetable is used
extensively as a plasma replacement and blood volume expander.
In many underdeveloped countries, the lady finger is
being made a mandatory part of the daily diet for the undernourished, by
the supervising authorities like the UNO and other voluntary organizations.
The vegetable, when boiled, becomes slimy and thick. This pulpy form is
used to add body to soups and other dishes. This green 'wonder' is excellent
for health and is now a popular additive to many alternative healthcare