SHOW & TELL FRIDAY -LOOFAH SPONGE & GOURD DIPPER

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The loofah sponge is grown here on our farm. In the Spring we plant the seeds. The vines grow up on an arbor. Its fun to watch the sponge grow and seeing it hanging from the arbor. During the growing season the outer shell is green.

At the end of summer we harvest the loofah sponge, when the outer shell turns brown.
We peel off the outer brown shell and give them a good wash and let air dry.

On the bottom is loofah sponge after a washing and one cut ready to bathe with.

We grow our gourds here too. The gourd below was used in the old days, to rinse the soap off or sometimes smaller ones were used to drink out of.

At the end of summer we harvest the loofah sponge, when the outer shell turns brown. Below is a loofah sponge that was picked with its brown outer shell. In front of it is a loofah sponge with the brown outer shell half off. We shake the seed out of one end and save them to plant next spring.

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16 thoughts on “SHOW & TELL FRIDAY -LOOFAH SPONGE & GOURD DIPPER

  1. How wonderful. I had no ideal you can grow your own loofah. Did you buy seed or plant. I would love to know more thank you.

  2. To answer Grammy question,when we bought our Craftmans style house and had it moved to our 10 acres. There was several Loofah sponge, ready to peel and seeds included., in the house. I asked the man we bought the house from and he showed me his that were growing. I loved it, and I have been growing them ever since. I have never seen seeds for sale, but if you like email me at ladykatherineteaparlor@gmail.com and I will be glad to share.

  3. I never thought where loofah came from, would love to see a picture of it growing. Just checking out show and tell and I tell you, I am seeing a lot of neat things. Fun, fun, fun! Thanks for letting look around.

  4. That is so cool that you grow loofahs!! I’ve been wanting to grow some ever since I saw Rhonda Jean’s on her blog Down to Earth but she’s in Australia and I wasn’t sure if I could grow them in Georgia. I’m going to email you!!

    Manuela

  5. I never knew how these sponges came about until now. Thank you for that wealth of information! I won’t tell you where I thought they came from….because it would make me look ignorant and I don’t show that side of me. Ha!

  6. May I give my “pitch” for Loofas too?!!Yes, Yes, growing loofas is so much fun. As Lady K said they look much like a smooth large cucumber or zuchinni while they are maturing and can stay on the vine til a heavy frost.
    And she didn’t tell you tho’ THEY HAVE A BLUE MILLION” SEEDS inside..maybe the same as a ZILLION!
    A long fat one is perfect for scrubbing down your back and o so heavenly to use on the bottoms of tired feet.
    Also you can take those not quite as “perfect” in form and cut into hand size lengths and if u like cut again in half lengthways to use for cleaning project, pot scrubbing too.
    You can ad a teeny tiny bit of clorox to your rinse water when u r cleaning them …BUT I just luv the NATURAL LOOK.
    Yr ago in Texas at one of our festivals-for a booth I filled a large wheelbarrow witht he loofas and gourds to display and gave my sales pitch about how these came from right here at home ..my yard. Many people were very impressed w that. I just have “to share” :^)

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  8. The loofa fruit is edible right? when still young and green? I’m not really sure but I know some folks in Southeast Asian countries eat this fruit as a vegetable or something like that, and they call it “Patola”, I think it’s in the Philippines if I’m not mistaken.

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