luv a loofah

did you know you can grow a cucumber/zucchini-looking plant in your garden that can not only feed your family, but make it so you never have to buy a sponge at the store again?!

i learned about the Luffa plant this week and just had to share my findings!

most people – like i did – think loofah sponges come from the sea… they actually grow right in a garden inside of a vegetable that looks like a zucchini sized cucumber

the luffa plant is a member of the cucurbit family (like cucumbers, gourds and pumpkins) and can also be refered to as loofah, smooth loofah, loofah sponge, loofa, luffa, loufa, loufah, sponge gourd, Chinese okra, elephant okra, and dishrag gourd

the vines of the plant can spread or climb up to 30 feet, so plan on a lot of space if you’re going to be harvesting these. it takes about 4 months from the seed sprouting to get a sponge or just 3 months if you plan on eating it. if you’d like some more info on how to obtain seeds, grow and harvest this kewl plant hit up this site (http://www.luffa.info/)

and surprisingly, there are a LOT of recipes floating around the web that use this… some examples:

Stir Fryed Luffa Squash

Steamed Luffa with Garlic and Chili Pepper Oil

Luffa Squash with Mushrooms

hmmm… sounds like something neat to add to the garden for next year!

~*HAPPY FRIDAY*~

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