I have mentioned making okra coffee several times in the past but never have I explained why I make it or how easy it is to make.
Anyone that pays any attention to economics knows that prices are on the rise and have been for some time now. Until a couple months ago we were a long term unemployed couple beginning to believe that neither of us would ever find work again so everywhere where we could cut spending, we did. Coffee was one of those areas as there are several plants, nuts, and seeds that can make a suitable substitute or used to stretch the real thing. Of the many things we taste tested, we found the okra to have the best flavor, be the least amount of work, and it was something we could grow as a food source for ourselves and the critters yet still have plenty to supplement our coffee supply.
Anyone that has ever grown okra knows what it is like when you miss a couple days of harvesting and it gets away from you. You end up with a giant, tough pod that is not fit for human consumption. Even a die hard seed saver can justify saving just so many seeds in a year so why not use them as a different food source? We plant a lot of okra here on the land because we like okra and all the critters like okra. But, come the end of the season when we are sick of fetchin okra every day I leave the pods to grow and either dry on the plant or pick them once very large and dry the pods. These trays I obviously picked. The plants were so heavy they were laying on the ground.
Keep in mind, this is not coffee,doesn't taste like coffee in the sense we are used to, and there is no caffeine in it. There is one type of plant in the USA that does have caffeine and can serve as a coffee substitute and that is in the holly family. It is however a really economical, easy way to stretch what coffee you do have or a nice un-caffeinated hot beverage on those cold afternoon.