Okra, also known as "lady's finger" or "bamya," is a perennial flowering plant of the Malvaceae family. This popular and very nutritional veggie originated in Egypt, and has been cultivated in tropical or warm temperature regions of the world ever since the 12th century. Just short of reaching maturity, the dark green colored pods are handpicked for consumption. Although okra has demonstrated surprising health benefits and can be cooked in a variety of ways, some people find it difficult to cope with its "slimy" texture and prefer to avoid it altogether. If this is true in your case, preparing and drinking your own okra water will deliver the same results in a tastier fashion.