Yes, I eat Luffa!!

In the US, almost everyone I know (except vegetable gardeners) relate the word Luffa, sometimes spelt Loofah, to a type body scrubbing sponge you get from the store. Yes, I allow some of my Luffa Gourds (广东丝瓜 pronounced Guangtung Xi Gua) to age & turn to sponge & these sponges really do get rid of dead cells & dirt!

Body scrubbing body sponge... with a couple of seeds still stuck on them.

Body scrubbing sponge… with a couple of seeds still stuck on them.

The plant is a vine of the Cucurbitales family and if allowed to hang on the vine till the pulp turns grainy & the sap dries up, what sits in the “shell” is a sponge.

I grow my Luffa plants almost randomly, yes, I throw seeds close to trellises, arbors and palm trees. If they like the microclimate there, they germinate & grow, with supports standing by for them ~ almost like planned gourd seed dispersal.

Luffa Gourd window deco

Luffa Gourd window deco

They grow happily & this one does look kind of cute hanging by the dining room window. I would harvest 8 out of 10 young green ones for food ~ ensuring they are heavy with sap & the skin is still soft.

Still green and heavy ~ ready for the pot!

Still green and heavy ~ ready for the pot!

 

The simplest dish is to saute diced garlic in sesame oil till fragrant. Add peeled & sliced young Luffa into the pan, stir fry till cooked (about 2 mins) then add a beaten egg into the pan. A dash of light soy sauce & pepper … stir till eggs are done & there you have it.

I call this my version of Luffa Fu Yong.
I call this my version of Luffa Fu Yong.

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3 responses to “Yes, I eat Luffa!!

  1. Thanks Lizard100. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Luffa or Loofah or 广东丝瓜 | Temasek Garden

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