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The Gourds Must Be Crazy

The heat resistant Luffa vine has been kind to me this (extra hot) summer. Some years there are more male flowers so less fruition but this time I see Ma Nature allowing loads of female blooms. I think she’s helping our bees as well, with food nearby, so less need for heated long distance buzzing.

Yes, it is producing gourds galore – good reason to eat what’s in season.

Some Angled Luffa hanging from the arbor.

This one needs a ladder to get to ~ now that’s really hanging loose ~ shaka🤟

I love my usual simple-to-cook Luffa Fu Yong dish which I sometimes like to vary by adding what I find in the freezer. 

Luffa & sliced chicken

and when nicely sauteed till fragant

Add the egg as natural thickener (of sort)

And when I’m in the mood for some spicy dish, I cook it Indian style which is called the Peechinga Curry.

The basic items, ready for the pan.

Follow the recipe on this Link and you will get a pan full of hot (temperature and taste-wise) delicious Luffa.

Luffa cooked Indian style

Delicious with plain white rice … and vegetarian too!

I have to remember to take more pics and record what/how my Luffa gourds end up in the kitchen as. They are definitely not just grown for scrub sponges.

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Luffa or Loofah or 广东丝瓜

Whichever way it’s spelt or written, I grow both Egyptian Luffa which is smooth surfaced and Luffa acutangula which is angled luffa, to be used as food rather than for sponge. I once posted and made it known that Yes, I eat Luffa!

It blooms beautifully in summer, but it is unpredictable when deciding whether it should produce more male or female blooms at any one time, usually more of one than the other, rather than 50/50. I guess it’s Ma Nature’s way of population control.

Blooms galore…

Right now, there are blooms all over the trellis but my Angled Luffa is producing 1 female to 9 males. I guess I shouldn’t complain as I’m still get some gourds for kitchen use.

Good Gourds!

I always make one of the simplest (and one of my favorites too) when out of ideas as to what to cook for a meal.

Luffa Fu Yong

In case anyone growing Luffa is curious to try:
– 2 Green Luffas (make sure it’s soft when pressed & heavy – loaded with liquid within)
– 4 cloves Garlic & 1/2″ ginger finely diced
– 6 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms & some Black Fungus, soaked & cut into fine strips
– Sesame Oil, 2 Eggs, Pepper, Soy Sauce, and some water
1. Skin/peel Luffas
2. Oblique cut into bite size
3. Rub in just a pinch of salt
4. Put sesame oil in hot pan & sauté diced garlic & ginger till fragrant
5. Add Shiitake Mushrooms & Black Fungus
6. Mix well and add 1/4 cup water, pepper and soy sauce
7. When steaming hot, add luffa & stir-fry until luffa turns a little translucent
8. Add a little extra water if more gravy preferred, then add eggs.  Wait till egg whites
begin to turn opaque then gently mix.
9. Serve (with garnishing of your choice).
* 3 servings if eaten with rice.
Ideal for ovo-vegetarians

 

 

 

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.