Luffa Gourd or Vegetable Sponge Organic
The Luffa Culinary Gourd (Luffa cylindrica) is a very fast growing vine-climber. Also spelt Loofah, when referred to, people are generally speaking about the fruit which is edible when young (1 inch in diameter or less). Cultivated and eaten as a vegetable, the young gourd fruit make for a great Zucchini substitute. The leaves are 7 - 20 cm across and have three lobes with bright yellow flowers. The fruits which grow to about 60 cm in length are oblong or cylindrical, smooth and contain many seeds. Mature, dark green fruit (14-24 inches) may be retted (a process when soaked in water to soften while the soft tissue breaks down). Once retting is complete, they are cleaned and ready to use as sponges or filters.
- SESE Certified Organic Seeds 3 g packet (about 20 seeds)
Growing Info: 65 days for edible fruits, 150 days for sponges.
Health Benefits: Luffa is used in the prevention or treatment of colds. It is also used for nasal swelling and sinus problems. Some people use Luffa for arthritis pain, muscle pain, and chest pain.
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