Okra -Edible with Bumps on Pods

Q: Our okra has done great but within the last week it has gotten white bumps on the pods. Is it edible or not?

A: The bumps are “stings” from stinkbug feeding. Stinkbugs insert their hollow mouthpart into the okra skin and suck out juice. When they leave, the pod heals the wound with a characteristic white bump. Stinkbugs are tough to control when adults. Look for 1/4 inch long, brown, shield-shaped insects on your okra in early August neat year and control them with garden insecticide. In my experience, the okra is completely safe to eat.

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