[gardeners] edible luffa gourds

Margaret Lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 09:51:58 -0600

Has anyone on the list grown edible luffa gourds?  I understand the one
shaped like a giant okra is better for eating than the round ones.  As of
the publishing date of "The Gourd Book" (1979) the botanical name was Luffa
acutangula.  Seeds Blum says it takes 120 days to mature, but I'd guess it
would be much, much earlier when it would start to pump out small luffas,
and if you're going to eat them, you harvest them at 4 to 6 inches.
Otherwise you eat your backscrubber.  Margaret