Re: [gardeners] edible luffa gourds

Bill Loke (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 12:51:20 -0400

I managed to get some to form this year. I have them drying in the
greenhouse since the vines have been zapped by f...t. I think the chinese
call them Cee Gwa or Chinese smooth okra and use the in stir fries. (Bill & Chris Loke)[Z4/5 on a good day]
The Lokeation, RR#1, Kars, Ontario K0A 2E0
Elderberries have more fun than younger berries!
-----Original Message-----
From: Margaret Lauterbach <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 12:33 PM
Subject: [gardeners] edible luffa gourds

>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