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Sing kwa, Luffa, Dishcloth gourd, Strainer vine, Chinese okra, Vegetable sponge, California okra

Cucurbitaceae Luffa acutangula (L.) Roxb., L. cylindrica (L.) Roem, Lagenaria sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Plants are running vines, similar to cucumber and melon. Leaves are rounded. Fruits are strongly ribbed, elongated, pyriform or cylindrical in shape, 1 foot or more in length, gourd-like. Sometimes young fruits are consumed as cooked vegetables. When ripe shell is hard and interior is fibrous, sponge-like, and inedible.

Season, seeding to harvest as vegetable: 3 or 4 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Very limited.

Use: Immature fruits as cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: All of young fruits.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch