Luffa Vine Okra Aegyptiaca Seeds
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Luffa, aegyptiaca, sponge seeds. Great when young for eating or leave on the vine to harvest for sponges later in the year!
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Luffa seeds. The luffas can be eaten when fruits are small. They are called by many different names including vine okra. My favorite preparation is sliced, battered, and fried like any other squash or okra. You can also let them grow throughout the summer and harvest at the end of your season for sponges and scrubby pads. The younger fruits are softer and can be used as face pads, while the older fruits are much more rigid (good for scouring). There are many sites where you can find many more uses for this very versatile plant.
|Other Names:||Vine okra, loofah, smooth loofah, loofah sponge, loofa, luffa, loufa, loufah, luffah, sponge gourd, Chinese okra, elephant okra, dishrag gourd, towel gourd|
|Fruit:||Look like large cucumbers or zucchini|
|Lifecycle:||1 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|Pests and Diseases:||On our farm the plants seem to host large ants and form a type of symbiosis with them. They trim off some of the flower buds, but do not seem to hurt production of flowers. At first we thought they were harming the plant. As the season went on, there would have been no way the plant could have successfully grow all the buds into fruit that grew on the plant. We also believed that the ants kept all the pests off the plants. It was a heavy pest year and our luffas did not seem to have any.|
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