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Yes, a luffa is a squash

October 25th, 2013 at 02:20 pm

When I tell people I'm growing luffa sponges, most of them look at me like I'm crazy. You'd be surprised how many people think they are ocean creatures, rather than squash!

Anyway, I had to harvest mine today because it actually snowed here yesterday. I grew a lot, now the question is can I dry them correctly so they are usable sponges.

Well, we'll see if those youtube videos are any good. Here is what we harvested, and what they look like now. By the way, the pile is nearly three feet tall.

And, we harvested a handful of peanuts. It was cool to see what they look like on the plant!



11 Responses to “Yes, a luffa is a squash”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow! I think I thought they were from the sea, but clearly your pictures show they are not. Cool.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Cool! Have you tried eating them when they are tiny? I never have.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    They don't smell particularly appetizing!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I always assumed they were sea plants or critters, I guess because of sponges, and because they look so alien. Learn something new every day!

  5. scfr Says:

    I had no idea! Thanks for the info. Are you going to sell what you don't need for your family? Give as gifts?

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    The hope is that if they work out, we can use them as part of a larger homemade items gift basket, but we'll see if they work out.

  7. baselle Says:

    I knew that! Your 'after' luffa picture looks great. Remember that what's left is a really tight weave of cellulose and lignin so as long as you've cleaned out the rest, your luffas should be nearly indestructable.

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    U dunked and scrubbed them in a bucket of soapy water. Hopefully that got most of the stuff off. We'll see.

  9. baselle Says:

    I think some recipes have one dunk the luffas in either chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide to get them that white/creamy white.

  10. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Yes, I have bleached mine and it also softens the fibers. So if you want some less scratchy ones, bleach will do it. Bleach also helps loosen the attachment of those papery bits left from the "shell." Did you cut them open to shake out the seeds?

  11. ThriftoRama Says:

    Thanks for the tips, guys! The seeds are gone. They have been washed and dried, and I will try bleaching. I've heard it takes little bleach to get the job done.

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