Loofah, Sponge Gourd
Botanical nomenclature: Luffa cylindrica
Common name: Loofah, Sponge Gourd
This well known vine in the pumpkin family produces fruit that are edible when young. When fully ripe, and after cleaning and drying, the elongated fruit can be used as a natural sponge. The plant is easy to grow and responds to exactly the same care as cucumbers or pumpkins.