Where Does Your Loofah Come From?

in sustainability •  27 days ago 

9E483870159F47C99643832701CE3B79.jpeg

I guess I never really thought too much about where they came from, but when I was walking to the beach I had seen these vines with pretty yellow flowers. They looked a lot like a cucumber plant and I assumed they were some kind of wild variety.

As time went by I watched the very cucumber like gourds grow fairy large. One day I was looking at them when a local man walked by and said “those are loofah, we use them in the shower.” I know what loofahs are, I thought, I’ve had many, but surely these big cucumber looking things aren’t real loofahs.

CC8B9364E8634D1E8FDA4004D4BB9B92.jpeg

He told me you dry them, and then peel the skin off. I had to see for myself so I picked one and brought it home. One end was already a bit dry so I pealed it a bit, and sure enough, it looked very loofah like in there.

4825CCF3450341DE83524AE5A794477C.jpeg

I still wasn’t convinced that this was a real loofah. I just thought it was something similar that people used in the same way. I waited as it dried out the rest of the way.

A7864AF9ECBF4BFCB79B6FB50C580B4D.jpeg

Once it was dry I peeled off the skin, which was difficult since it came off in little chips. I’ve since learned it’s easier to peel before they get this dry.

89EDE4FF191F424791011BB1F34E51A6.jpeg

Even after I had it completely peeled I still wasn’t convinced it was the same as the loofahs I had bought until I cut the ends off.

06D7F99564FB481994A08F4650BD6ADB.jpeg

Sure enough, it was exactly like all the other loofahs I had bought in the past. Really cool I thought. The one thing different about this loofah was it had seeds inside.

2CB354E3F3C34938A547DAE9C0107E0C.jpeg

I’ve collected a bunch of the seeds and when I get back to my house in Hawaii I’m going to grow loofahs. It’s really so cool to learn new things like this, new ways to grow your own, new ways, that are really old ways, to be sustainable and self sufficient.

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

Before I became an avid gardener a few years ago I never knew that luffas/loofas were a plant. I had for some reason thought they came from the oceans.

Yeah, me too. Have you grown them?

Yes I have. Only once though. I did get some luffa from three of them- although I did have nine that actually grew. Harvesting the luffa can be time consuming and I wanted to try my hand at it so I had some for my homemade soaps; cause buying luffa can get expensive.
But I DID get seeds from all nine that grew so I put some up for sale on eBay.

Resteem and upvote to 2300 steemians!

Thank you

Live and learn, eh ;) I grew one from seed once but it didn't thrive indoors

It’s delightful to learn things like this! Cool you tried an indoor grow. I hope you get a chance to grow many healthy, vigorous loofahs in the outdoor garden of your dreams ✌️💚

I just need to get my hands on some seeds again

Very interesting. I didn't even know what these things are! 🤭

Well I’m happy to have brought knowledge of them into your life:) A wonderful natural alternative to the plastic shower scrubbers we use.

well isn't that interesting! was aware of them but didn't know they prev looked like giant cucumbers as you say, thanks for sharing this👍