This plant is known for its edible green fruits, or long green pods. It's scientific name is "abelmoschus esculentus" and also "hibiscus esculentus". For centuries, this green vegetable has been widely grown across the entire African region. The species apparently originated in the Ethiopian Highlands, though the manner of distribution from there is undocumented. African slaves brought it to USA.
It is cultivated in the entire warm temperate and tropical regions of the world for its fibrous fruits or pods containing round, white seeds. The fruits are harvested when immature and eaten as a vegetable. The plant prefers warm climate and tolerates poor soils with heavy clay and intermittent moisture. It is in the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton.