Most people are genuinely surprised when I show them my luffa gourds growing on a vine or after I’ve harvested, dried and cleaned them for the year. They almost always do not know that this over priced store bought (for most) item is a vegetable you can grow on a trellis or fence in your own garden.
Luffa is the genus name of a group of gourds also known as vegetable sponges, dishcloth gourds, running okra, strainer vine, Chinese okra, California okra, and loofah. Two species are commonly grown in this country. Angled luffa is L. acutangula, while the smooth-fruited version is L. cylindrica, or the same as L. aegyptica.Luffa is a vegetable that originally came fromIndia.