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Loofah is a plant. When the fully grown fruit is permitted to dry, a fibrous, sponge-like structure stays. The fibers can be boiled in water, which is then used as medicine.
Luffa is taken by mouth for dealing with and preventing colds. It is also utilized for nasal swelling and sinus problems. Some people use it for arthritis discomfort, muscle discomfort, and chest pain.
Women utilize luffa to bring back missing menstrual durations. Nursing moms use it to increase milk circulation.
Often the entire luffa “sponge” is rubbed against the skin to get rid of dead skin and promote the skin. Luffa charcoal, which is prepared by heating luffa fibers in a closed container, is used straight to the skin for shingles in the face and eye area.
In foods, young luffa fruits are eaten as veggies.
In cosmetics, powdered luffa is used in skin care items to minimize swelling and “detoxify” the skin. 
Lost to time, the origin of the luffa (loofah) sponge is unknown regarding where exactly it came from, however the majority of researchers think it come from asia or africa and real growing first began in india. Extremely, carbon dating revealed that the luffa gourd was brought to north america over 9000 years back! Early european inhabitants in the north american colonies grew luffa as one of the first domesticated crops in the new world.
A renown author and scientist, johann vesling, who died in 1649 took a trip to egypt in the late 1620’s and studied the luffa gourd being cultivated with a range of synthetic irrigation channels. From this culture, which called the sponge gourd “luf” in arabic, came the establishment of the name of the luffa genus, luffa aegyptiaca.
Over the eons and till today day, the modest luffa gourd has been utilized for food and juice when small and green. And then when the luffa is dried, peeled and cleaned, it’s used for sponges and an endless list of bathing and cleansing usages. It is still used in numerous parts of the world for medical functions, consisting of healing extracts and medical tools, bed mattress, insulation, hat cushioning, soldier’s helmet padding, for painting, accessories, designs and water filters. Prior to and throughout wwii, the skeleton of the luffa gourd was utilized extensively for diesel engine oil filters and steam engine filters.
Prior to the end of wwii, many luffas were imported from japan, however, the dreadful attack on pearl harbor ended the bulk importation of luffas to the united states. In new york in 1893, nell cusack, a reporter composed “they remained in terrific need!” Referring to the commonly spreading popularity of this terrific luffa sponge that made your skin glow. The females, wanting their skin to appear as vibrant as could be, typically scrubbed with vigor and over-enthusiastically. Cusack downplayed the truth that lots of were so enthusiastic, they turned their faces and skin red as lobsters. In her post, she composed that the ever-growing appeal of the luffa sponge was producing a blowing up trend motivating “a loafer, loofah, loopa, or lufhar in every wash basin in the land.”.
On a side note, there still is not a consensus on how to spell the name of this ancient and distinct natural sponge. The two most typical spellings in the english language today are luffa (which is part of the clinical genus name) and loofah.
Interestingly, considering that the “black afflict in europe in the 1400’s, individuals hardly ever bathed because they thought the warm water opened the pores of their skin, subjecting them to a selection of diseases. Nonetheless, not up until the late 1800’s was this misconception exposed. A medical researcher, louis kuhne, who passed away in 1901 was the “father of the friction bath” and believed scrubbing strongly with a tool like a luffa sponge in warm water was not only excellent however necessary for detoxing of the skin. In the last part of the 1800’s, this belief led to a craze of “friction bathing” by women who wanted to clean their skin of any contaminants or illness.
The humble luffa sponge was utilized by numerous when the mohair mittens or flesh brushes were too pricey or not readily offered. In the early 20th century, women started fussing a lot more about the health and radiance of their skin as trending fashion plunged their neck lines and raised their hemlines. One publication in 1902 wrote that one might accomplish that marble-statue glow by “sanding” down the bumps. Consequently, lots of women discovered the practical luffa sponge worked wonders to help them achieve this goal. 
Luffa (luffa aegyptiaca mill.) Is a plant from the cucumber family, mainly grown for fibre production.
Luffa (luffa aegyptiaca mill.) Is a plant from the cucumber household grown for its multipurpose fruit in numerous tropical countries. It is a yearly climbing or tracking herbaceous types that can grow to a length of 15 m. The luffa fruit is a round, fusiform, smooth, and dehiscent pill, 20-50 cm long x 6-10 cm broad, with has a particular fibrous mesocarp. The leaves are alternate, large (6-25 cm x 6-27 cm) ovate and dark green. The seeds are numerous, dull black, elliptic-ovoid, 10-12 mm long x 6-8 mm broad. The luffa genus encompasses 7 species among which 2 are domesticated: luffa aegyptiaca and luffa acutangula.
Luffa is a fast-growing vine well matched to tropical locations or to summer-growing conditions under a temperate climate. Luffa is believed to have originated from asia, though some authors have likewise suggested a west african origin. Luffa is now extensively spread out in tropical and subtropical locations worldwide. Naturalized luffa happens in forests, forests, thickets and grasslands, and from water level to an elevation of 1500 (-1800 m). Cultivated plants do better where typical yearly temperature levels are about 23-27 ° c and where yearly rains is in between 1000 and 2000 mm. Luffa can grow on a wide range of soils but does better on medium-textured natural soils such as deep, well-drained sandy loams, with the ph varying from 5.5 to 6.8, and low salinity (less than 4 ds/m). Luffa is sensitive to frost, and extreme rainfall throughout flowering or fruiting hinders fruit yield.
The primary business production comes from china, korea, india, japan. In brazil, luffa is among the most essential sources of fibre with piaçava (attalea funifera mart. Ex spreng.) And curauá (ananas comosus (l.) Merr. Var. Erectifolius (l. B. Sm.) Coppens & & f. Leal) and its cultivation has an increasing economic importance. 
The fruit section of l. Aegyptiaca might be permitted to develop and used as a bath or cooking area sponge after being processed to get rid of everything other than the network of xylem fibers. If the loofah is permitted to completely ripen and after that dried on the vine, the flesh vanishes leaving just the fibrous skeleton and seeds, which can be easily cleaned. Marketed as luffa or loofah, the sponge is used as a body scrub in the shower.
In paraguay, panels are constructed out of luffa integrated with other vegetable matter and recycled plastic. These can be used to create furniture and construct houses.
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In hindi-speaking north indian states, it is called torai (तोरई), and prepared as veggie. But in central/western india, specifically in madhya pradesh, it is called gilki (गिल्की). Torai is scheduled for ridge gourd and is less popular than gilki in main western india.
In bhojpuri speaking regions it is called ghiura. Apart from fruit of the vegetable, flowers are also utilized as vegetable as chokha, tarua, pakoda, etc.
In nepal and nepali language speaking indian states, it is called ghiraula (घिरौंला). It is popular veggie typically cooked with tomato and potatoes and served with rice.
In gujarat it is called turia or turya (તુરીયા) along with ghissori or ghissora in the kutchi language. It is an easy but preferred vegetable typically made with a numerous tomato gravy and garnished with green chillies and fresh coriander. When prepared roti is shredded by hand and mixed into it, it is informally referred to as “rotli shaak ma bhuseli”. Additionally this dish is likewise consumed blended with plain prepared rice.
In bengali-speaking bangladesh and the indian state of west bengal, it is known as dhudhul (ধুঁধুল) and a popular veggie. It is consumed fried or prepared with shrimp, fish, or meat.
In assam, it is called bhul (ভুল) and is prepared with sour fish curry together with taro.
In tamil nadu, luffa acutangula (ridged gourd) is called peerkangai (பீர்க்கங்காய்) and luffa aegyptiaca/ luffa cylindrica (sponge gourd) is called nurai peerkankai (நுரை பீர்க்கங்காய்) and are used as veggies to make peerkangai kootu, poriyal, and thogayal. Even the skin is utilized to make chutney.
In karnataka’s malenadu (western ghats) it is called tuppadahirekayi, which literally translates as “buttersquash”, also referred to as hirekayi in kannada. It grows naturally in this region and is consumed when it is still tender and green. It is utilized as a veggie in curries, however also as a snack, bhajji, dipped in chickpea batter and deep fried. In tulu language it is referred to as peere and is used to prepare chutney and ajethna.
In telangana, it is called beerakaya. It is used in making dal, fry, roti pacchadi and wet curry.
In andhra pradesh, it is called nethi beerakaya or beerakaya. And in assam it is called jika (জিকা, luffa acutangula) and bhula (ভোল, luffa aegyptiaca). It is used as a vegetable in a curry, chutney and stir fry.
In kerala, it is called peechinga; in the palakkad location it is especially called poththanga and utilized in while bathing. It is likewise utilized as a vegetable, cooked with dal or stir fried. Totally developed fruit is used as a natural scrub in rural kerala. In some locations such as wayanad, it grows as a climber on fences.
In maharashtra, india, dodka (ridge gourd luffa) and ghosavala (smooth luffa) prevail vegetables prepared with either crushed dried peanuts or with beans.
In manipur, india, sebot is cooked with other active ingredients like potato, dried fish, fermented fish and served. It is also steamed and consumed or crushed (ironba) with other active ingredients and served with steamed rice (chaak). Fried ones (kaanghou) are likewise favorites for many. Sebot is likewise consumed as a green veggie.
Other asian foods
In vietnamese cuisine, the gourd is called “mướp hương” and is a common ingredient in soups and stir-fried dishes.
In china and taiwan (where it is called streamlined chinese: 丝瓜; standard chinese: 絲瓜; pinyin: sīguā, or in english, “silk melon”), indonesia (where it is called oyong), and the philippines (where it is called patola in tagalog and kabatiti in ilokano), in timor-leste it is also called “patola” or “batola” in tetum and in manipur, india, (where it is called sebot) the luffa is consumed as a green veggie in numerous dishes.
In japan it is called hechima (へちま) and is cultivated all over the country throughout summer. It is commonly utilized as a green vegetable in traditional meals of the ryukyu islands (where it is called naabeeraa). In other regions it is likewise grown for uses besides food.
Luffa is likewise referred to as “chinese okra” in canada and the u.s.
. Other uses
In japan, in areas aside from the ryukyu islands and kyushu, it is predominantly grown for use as a sponge or for using soap, shampoo, and lotion. Just like bitter melon, many individuals grow it outside building windows as a natural sun block in summertime. 
How to plant and grow it
You can snag some luffa seeds from your local nursery or purchase them online. With any luck, you’ll just require to make the purchase one time because each luffa gourd holds up to 350 seeds of its own.
Since luffas are sun-loving plants, gardeners who live in usda zones 7 and above will have one of the most luck with them, discusses sarah barbosa, a homesteader and luffa seller living in texas. While she notes that those in cooler zones (down to about zone 5) will have the ability to grow luffa, their plants will not produce as numerous healthy gourds.
Those in cooler climates will also need to start growing their seeds inside or in a mini greenhouse, around 8 to 12 weeks before spring begins in their area. Anticipate germination to take around 21 days. Once your last frost hits, you can put your sprouted luffa in the ground beneath a tough trellis or structure that it can climb up.
Barbosa found out the hard way that a lightweight trellis will not be able to carry the weight of this vine as it develops. She now uses cattle panels made from super-strong galvanized steel to hold up her expansive luffa garden. Florida-based luffa grower jeannie schmidle has likewise had success setting her luffa up next to a recognized patch of black bamboo.
” it’s a really prolific plant– but you have to have the space,” adds barbosa, who advises leaving at least a few feet of space on all sides of your luffa patch so it can spread its lavish, green vines. Considering that luffa has a pretty compact root system, you can plant a few of its seeds quite close together, about a foot apart.
Taking care of the plant.
Barbosa and schmidle say that as soon as your luffa is in the ground, you should not need to do much to keep it pleased– specifically if you reside in a hot climate. Just keep these care pointers in mind:.
Sunlight and temperature level:
It’s almost difficult to offer this plant too much heat and sunlight. “you can grow it on the sun if you really attempted. It will take the heat,” barbosa jokes.
” the only disadvantage on the other end is that it will die in frost,” she adds, so you really need to wait up until all possibility of frost has passed in your area before planting your luffa in a spot in your garden that gets plenty of direct sunlight.
It’s also important to keep in mind that luffa plants have a long growing season; it can take about 200 days for them to be all set to select. This is another factor that those in environments that are warm for more of the year will have more success with this plant.
Shmidle keeps in mind that luffa plants take pleasure in moist soil, but they are pretty drought-resistant. Once you initially put it in the ground, it tends to need more water, but once its vines truly begin growing, you can get away with watering it once every week or two.
” due to the fact that it’s a vigorous vine, it enjoys to climb up– and it can climb truly quick,” shmidle states. “you need to give it area.”.
You do not wish to put your luffa near any other vining plants, as it can quickly overtake them. Barbosa states that you can grow smaller plants beneath your luffa trellis, though, such as tomatoes and herbs.
” luffa is among those crops that when it’s growing, there is no real rhyme or reason to where it grows,” she states, so she and schmidle both suggest considering your very first season with it as an experimental period that can give you a sense of this unique crop’s requirements.
When the plant is ready to be harvested.
Your luffa plant must first start to flower after about 90 days in the ground, and 90 days after that is when the fruit enters play. So if you plant your luffa in april, you should be ready to collect in september.
A mature luffa gourd is about 1 to 2 feet in length, and it looks like a large cucumber. Initially, these gourds are dark green in color, and as they dry, they will go from dark green to light green to yellow to dark brown.
If you are growing luffa to eat, you’ll wish to gather it during that early dark green stage, while the fruit feels soft to the touch. At this moment, it needs to still be wet enough that it’s pleasant to eat. The longer your luffa stays on the vine, the clothes dryer it will end up being. Those who are growing for loofah sponges ought to wait till the fruit is absolutely brown. If your gourd falls off the vine before this point, you can position it out in the sun for a few days until it dries entirely.
Once your loofah is dry, you can get rid of the bottom idea of it and shake out the treasure trove of seeds kept within. Then, to get to the fibrous, spongy product, barbosa suggests soaking your loofah in water for a couple of minutes, until the hard external husk quickly peels.
If you observe any slimy sap on your sponge, schmidle states you can soak it in a mix of 50/50 water and vinegar, give it a great scrub, and leave it out in the sun for another couple of days till it’s clean, dry, and all set to utilize. 
Health benefits of sponge gourd (luffa)
All parts of the luffa plant have the medicinal homes. Luffa fruit (towel gourd) is utilized in cooking as well as to treat different health disorders. It is valuable to lower the blood sugar level, constipation, weight-loss, and hypoglycemia, boost immune system, weight loss and detoxifies the body.
Luffa fruit (sponge gourd) includes different antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, nutrients and lipids. It is an excellent source of vitamin a and carbs. It is also an excellent source of vitamin b5, manganese, potassium, copper, total dietary fiber, vitamin b6, vitamin c and magnesium.
Avoids eye conditions
Vitamin an avoids from the macular degeneration that results in the blindness. The research study conducted by the nationwide eye institute reveals that those who took vitamin c, vitamin a, copper, vitamin e and zinc, their possibilities of macular degeneration was decreased by 25% in a six year duration. The research study likewise reveals that the eye drops of vitamin an efficiently treat the dry eyes. Including vitamin a rich food luffa fruit in your daily diet might help to minimize eye ailments.
Vitamin b5 in 900 mg dosage helps to reduce the bad cholesterol along with triglycerides which decrease the chances of cardiovascular disease. As 900 mg dosage is the higher quantity, one need to speak with the physician before taking.
Manganese is necessary for the production of gastrointestinal enzymes which is responsible for a process called gluconeogenesis. The research study conducted by the department of internal medication and biochemistry revealed that mice that were provided the manganese, their glucose tolerance were enhanced in 12 weeks. The manganese promoted the secretion of insulin, lower the lipid peroxidation and boost the mitochondrial function.
Avoids muscle discomfort
Potassium balances the fluid levels and assists to relax muscles. The low existence of potassium causes the muscle cramps, spasms and pain. It assists to break down the protein and carbs on which the muscle depends for the repair work and energy.
Copper supplies anti-inflammatory residential or commercial properties which relieve stiffness and pain which is related to arthritis. It has the ability to assist with muscular strength, repair connective tissue. Individuals with arthritis wear copper bands or bracelets as it is thought that the copper can minimize the uncomfortable symptoms.
Vitamin b6 is important to produce hemoglobin in the blood which assists to transfer the oxygen to the cells and sets in motion iron. Anemia is the outcome of inadequate red cell. The clients of anemia might experience these symptoms such as aches, fatigue and discomfort. The research study shows that the intake of vitamin b6 in appropriate amount lowers the symptoms of anemia and avoids its occurring.
The study shows that high intake of vitamin c can decrease the skin dryness, wrinkles and decreases the aging process. Vitamin c is important for the production of protein to form tendons, skin, blood vessels and ligaments. It assists in the healing procedure of wound and likewise forms a scar tissue.
The insufficient amount of magnesium is associated with migraine headaches. Magnesium helps to balance the neurotransmitters in the body. The study which was published in professional evaluation of neurotherapeutics revealed that the dose of 300 milligrams of magnesium decreases the reoccurrence of migraine headaches.
Oxygen is needed for the brain to function correctly. The brain results to poor memory, lethargy and reduce performance in the lack of iron as the brain won’t receive oxygen. The shortage of iron results in restless, inflammation and inattentive.
Type 2 diabetes
The food abundant in magnesium assists to reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes since magnesium is vital for glucose metabolism. The dose of 100 milligrams of magnesium in a day minimizes the chances of diabetes by 15 percent.
Various parts of the plant are used in the folkloric ethnomedicine. It is thought that luffa fruit is pectoral, carminative, anthelmintic, cooling to the blood; facilitate circulation, antiseptic, emmenagogue and galactagogue. The fruit is used as a tonic to the genital organs, beneficial to the intestines, demulcent and cooling or warming to the stomach. The dried fruit is used as an emetic after steeped. In java, juice of the leaf is used to treat amenorrhea whereas, the people of india is used to deal with snake bites and dysentery. In philippines, the skin diseases and orchitis are dealt with by utilizing the leaves. The seeds are used as cathartic, emetic and hydragogue. The infusion made from the seeds is used as an anthelmintic drastic and purgative. The extracts of root and vine are helpful for dental caries, ozoena and parasitic love. The extract from leaves assists to induce labor during childbirths in western ugand. 
Is luffa edible?
When the fruits of the luffa plant are gathered at a young stage, they can be consumed. Especially in asia, it is typically taken pleasure in as a veggie. It can be consumed raw or steamed and tastes similar to courgette. The very same holds true for the plant’s flowers. The luffa seeds, which are rich in protein and fat, can likewise be utilized to make cooking oil. 
Stir-fried luffa gourds with eggs recipe
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1 pound luffa gourds, peeled and roll-cut into 1-inch pieces (see note)
- 2 large eggs, gently beaten
- Fish sauce, to taste
- White pepper, to taste
Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat up until glittering. Add garlic and stir-fry till light brown and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add gourds and 2 teaspoons fish sauce to pan. Stir and prepare until gently softened, about 1 minute. Add eggs. Cook, stirring, till eggs are barely set, about 1 minute longer. Season to taste with more fish sauce if desired. Transfer to a plate and dust with white pepper. Serve with rice. 
- 2 ridge gourd
- 2 onion
- 2 tomato big
- 1 & & 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon kasoori methi
- Salt as needed
- 3 tablespoon coriander leaves sliced
- 2 tablespoon oil
- Remove the skin of the ridge gourd and slice into small pieces.
- Puree the tomato and keep aside. Chop onion finely too.
- In a kadai, include oil, fry onion till golden in colour.
- Include pureed tomato, red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, kasoori methi and fry in medium flame, till oil separates.
- Cover while frying as it might splutter. State 4- 5 minutes.
- Include chopped ridge gourd. Mix well.
- Cook covered for 6 minutes in medium flame in between blending as soon as.
- Add garam masala powder and 1/2 cup water.
- Cook for more 8 minutes or up until the vegetable gets prepared soft and mixes well with the masala. Garnish with the coriander leaves.
- I used 2 long ridge gourds for this.
- The consistency is in somewhat gravy side. Ridge gourd leaves water by itself, so 1/2 cup water suffices.
- After including water, you can prepare covered for half the time and later simmer open.
- Include red chilli powder as pointed out and salt the gravy effectively as ridge gourd is bland in taste. 
Luffa is most likely safe for the majority of people when applied directly to the skin as a sponge. However, the safety of using luffa charcoal for shingles is unidentified. Luffa is perhaps safe when taken by mouth in food quantities. However there isn’t enough details to know if luffa is safe when taken as medication. The possible adverse effects of luffa are unidentified. 
The proper dose program of luffa depends on factors such as age, health, and other conditions. At this time, there is insufficient details to determine an appropriate variety of doses for luffa. 
10 enjoyable realities about loofahs
The loofah sponge comes from a plant, frequently known as the sponge gourd or an egyptian cucumber – the technical term called luffa aegyptiaca. The sponge gourd can be matured to 30 cm long. Native to south and southeast asia, the yearly plant flourishes in hot summertime temperature levels, requires lots of sun, water and well-drained soil. It bears small yellow flowers that become long, cucumber-like fruit.
Apart from being made into a sponge, did you understand that loofahs can be consumed too? Young loofahs can be consumed raw or prepared like summertime squash. Anything under 4 inches (10cm) doesn’t need to be peeled; nevertheless, from 4-6 inches (10-15cm), you might peel it as the skin can be bitter. In addition, the little yellow flowers on the plant can likewise be eaten as you would squash blooms.
Loofahs consist of various minerals, vitamins and nutrients. It’s an outstanding source of vitamin a and b, carbohydrates, manganese, potassium and far more.
The loofah plant has many medicinal usages. Research study reveals that it serves an as anti-inflammatory representative and has anti-viral homes. Intaking loofahs by the mouth helps deal with and avoid colds. It is also utilized for nasal swelling and sinus problems. Some use it for arthritis, muscle and chest pain. In other cases, women utilize loofahs to bring back irregular menstrual periods and nursing moms use them to increase milk circulation.
Luffas are a popular environmentally friendly, non-plastic item that’s used for cleaning and exfoliating skin. It’s achieved by drying the whole fully grown fruit.
The process starts when the mature fruit is gathered and dried. After, they are taken in water, peeled and de-seeded. Dried once again, sliced and cut into the desired sizes and shape, they are offered as sponges.
Given that no animal product is associated with the manufacturing procedure of loofahs, they are vegan. If you’re considering going plant-based and vegan, changing to a loofah product is an easy method to eliminate an animal product from your life.
Traditional loofahs are made from artificial products like plastic that are collected into looped mesh areas to form them into the fluffy balls that you see. Given that loofah sponges are purely made from the gourd, it’s an ideal environment-friendly option.
Naturally degradable and compostable
Because it’s a natural item, the loofah sponge is 100% biodegradable and compostable. If you think that your sponge or brush is getting unclean or old, you can easily toss them right into your backyard compost bin to produce compost that can be used as soil. Otherwise, you can wash after each use, making certain all the soap is gone and let it dry completely in between uses. If it begins to produce an odour, you can sterilize it by boiling it in water.
Conventional bath poufs are outdated with most of them getting tossed after a brief useful life and then being in the landfill for several years beyond that. Numerous plastic items likewise end up in our water streams as microfibres from the plastic can leakage down our shower drains. With loofahs, you can re-plant them annually from seed and in a couple of months, have the ability to gather another set, making it such an easy resource.
While the majority of use loofah sponges as a shower pad or bath poufs to clean and exfoliate the skin, you can likewise use them in the kitchen area to wash meals and scrub the walls and floors. The plant’s difficult fibres can clean up tough dirt, making it one more reason why you no longer need a plastic sponge. Check out our loofah collection:.
- Loofah shower pad
- Loofah dishwashing sponge
- Loofah soap meal duo
- Eco sponges
- Absolutely no waste cleaning set – loofah kit
Easy to care
A loofah’s fibrous network and a bathroom’s wet environment is a breeding ground for microbes. After each use, it’s finest to dry totally in a cool area. Boiling it in water to eliminate bacteria and position away from high heat or flames.
Don’t these enjoyable realities make you enjoy loofah even more? They’re vegan, plant-based, naturally degradable, compostable and simple to care for. It can be used for all sorts of things from cleaning your dishes to exfoliating your skin to cleaning your floors and walls. Loofahs are genuinely a fantastic eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastic sponges. 
Exists any distinction between luffa and loofah?
Both terms describe the exact same thing, however luffa refers to it fresh and loofah to it dried and ready for use as a sponge. You can utilize both names to refer to the fresh fruit or the vine. 
Whether you wish to grow your own natural bath or meal sponges, or your own nutrient-rich fruit, loofah gourd is a terrific choice. Do note that while the growing season is long and needs patience, by following the tips talked about above, you can effectively grow your own loofah gourd.