These seeds were grown by Dusty Hinz and Zach Binsfeld in Minnesota.
EFN EXCLUSIVE. If you’ve struggled with growing okra in the past, this may be the okra for you. As opposed to most named varieties, which are bred for uniformity, this is a diverse landrace population. Plants may produce green, red, pink, or white pods, which may be long, short, fat, or thin. Most will be slightly spiny, which okra’s characteristic invisible spines (best harvested with gloves). The seeds of some plants have very high oil content. Originally collected by the little-known but prolific USDA agricultural explorer E.E. Smith in 1954, “pendi” is not a cultivar name, but simply the name for okra in one of the many local languages used in Kandahar (note the similarity to “bhindi,” the Hindi word for okra). If you want to try your hand at plant breeding, using a diverse population like this is a great way to start. Given Kandahar’s location at roughly 3000 feet above sea level, this okra is well worth trying in places where the common varieties of okra often refuse to grow. You may have losses in your first year, but as you save seed through the years you will develop your own landrace!
GROWING TIPS: Direct seed in late May or early June after things have warmed up a bit. Or transplant healthy plant starts around this time. Plants should end up 8-18 inches apart.
In the late ’60s the city of Kandahar became a stop on the Hippie Trail. Most famously, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love began exporting hashish from here to America. In 1971, the Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes undertook an expedition to the region at the request of the Brotherhood. In the deserts of the province, he formulated his concept of Cannabis indica as a distinct species unique to Afghanistan.
Kandahar is a crucial region for Cannabis. An ancient centre of biodiversity and a historic centre of production, long prior to the Hippie Trail era, Kandahar was exporting charas (hashish) south to what are now Pakistan and India.
Genetics: Afghan Hindu Kush Landrace
Sourcing: Landrace Genetics, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 2019 Harvest
Purpose: Charas (sieved resin)
Latitude: 32° N
Aroma: Hash, citrus
Height: Up to 2 metres
Characteristics: Resinous, Indica-type leaflets
Grow Type: Outdoor, greenhouse, or indoor
These Kandahari seeds are a reproduction of the original accession made in 2019. Viability tested at 100%, but allow up to two weeks for seedlings to show.