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The Sponge Gourd or simply Luffa is one of the plants I wouldn’t like to miss in our food forest. It has many uses, it loves our hot Summer days and the bees love it, too 🙂
It has been well known and used since the time of the Late Roman Empire. The young fruits and leaves are used as a vegetable and can be cooked in many ways or eaten fresh, dried, fermented, or pickled. It not only tastes good but it is a good source of Proteins, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Calcium, and also vitamins B6, C, A, B1, B2, and others.

Luffa Seeds – The Sponge Gourd – Luffa Aegyptiaca, Egyptian Cucumber, Vietnamese Luffa

Planting tips: It is a summer plant so plant in spring or early summer in subtropical and tropical climates. Start in a warm place in late winter if you live in a colder climate.

Growing tips: Bana grass grows best in full sun and half shade and in any type of soil, however, the better the soil, the quicker and better your plants will grow. All our edibles grow happily and quickly in raised garden beds.

The price is for six seeds, coming from the Luffas I naturally grow in my subtropical permaculture food forest. Sending to QLD, NSW, and Victoria in Australia only. Pick up by appointment only.

The Sponge Gourd or simply Luffa is one of the plants I wouldn’t like to miss in our food forest. It has many uses, it loves our hot Summer days and the bees love it, too 🙂
It has been well known and used since the time of the Late Roman Empire. The young fruits and leaves are used as a vegetable and can be cooked in many ways or eaten fresh, dried, fermented, or pickled. It not only tastes good but it is a good source of Proteins, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Calcium, and also vitamins B6, C, A, B1, B2, and others.

The mature fruit grows up to 40cm in length and becomes fibrous and great as a sponge. You simply remove the outer skin and let it dry. The seeds come out easily when the sponge is dry. Nothing better than a natural sponge to use under the shower and also the best sponge I ever had in my kitchen. Not only because it is naturally grown but also because it lasts much longer than the plastic sponge from the shops! When it has done the job and starts to crumble after a while, throw it into compost. Our planet and your garden will thank you 🙂

It will easily grow from seed and the better the soil, the better the plant. You can grow it in the same garden bed together with beans, peas, onions, and corn. Keep the seeds from your sponges for the next season or simply scatter them around in your garden and they will start to grow without your help when the right time comes. It is a vine and it will happily grow on the fence or you can build a nice trellis for it. The plant is definitely worth it! I usually have always some spare seeds so send me an email to permaculturehaven@gmail.com if you need them.

Luffa recipes:
Luffa as a side dish: Cut the young Luffa into cubes and toss in hot olive oil and garlic for a few minutes. Enjoy!
Fermented Luffa: Cut in about 1cm thick slices and place in sterilized jars together with some dill, garlic, and vine leaves. Bring to boil water and salt, 1 Tbsp salt per 1L of water, cool down to room temperature, and fill the jars until the Luffa slices are submerged. Close the jars and keep them in a dark place out of the sun for a few days until ready. Depending on the temperature, it takes about 5-7 days until ready. Move into the fridge and keep up to 3 months if not gone by then!
Pickled Luffa: Please check our blog for the Preserving Vegetable – Capsicum Pickle in our blog at www.permaculturehaven.com I use the same recipe for the Luffa and other veggies from the garden.

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Note: We regularly do workshops and courses at our Permaculture homestead in Pacific Haven. You can find us on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. It is all about how to grow food and a sustainable way of life.
Ewa from Permaculture Haven

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