They are bright chartreuse when young, then ripen to this vibrant magenta. The berries are faintly sweet with a prominent seed. Barbara warned that they can have a laxative effect.
One of the okra pods, showing its curve and reddish color.
We played around with these materials, rearranging them and looking at the colors and shapes, and Barbara thought we should try doing a watercolor study of them. I've never done watercolor and had grave doubts, but after all she's a teacher--and what's the worst thing that could happen? A clumsy attempt, a waste of a sheet of paper. Big deal.
Here's the arrangement we made on the left, and my watercolor on the right. I am ridiculously pleased with this first attempt.