Yashiro is an indigenous variety of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus), which is a species of the Malvaceae family. While most okra is pentagonal, yashiro okra has about 10 sides and is characterised by a thick meaty texture and a strong viscosity.
Also known as “Star of David”, it has always been grown in the Yatsushiro area of Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Despite its rough appearance, its skin becomes soft when it is heated and cooked. The flavour is rich and intense. Local cooks recommend cutting it lengthwise and grilling it slowly or frying it. It is nutritious and refreshing.