How do you tell when an okra is ripe?

Touch the okra. Ripe okra should feel tender to the touch. Wear gloves and long sleeves when feeling and harvesting the okra, as its small hairs are often irritating to the skin.

Measure the okra. okra should be picked when it is 2 to 3 inches long. The okra becomes too hard to eat when it grows any bigger.

Cut the okra from its stem with pruning shears when it is ready for harvest. A stem that is difficult to cut through indicates the okra is tough and too ripe.