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Plant Information

Common Name: LOOFAH
Scientific Name: Luffa cylindrica
Alternative Names: Vadoekplant (Afr), Ghosavala (Indiƫ).

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Luffa cylindrica
Luffa cylindrica
Luffa cylindrica


  • Annual
  • Climber, squash-like fruit

Culinary Uses

  • Flowers - stir fries and soup
  • Tips of vines - cook as vegetable
  • Young fruit - dipped in batter and fried.
  • Pickle and serve with bread and oil

Parts Used

  • Leaves, flowers, young fruit

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Tea: Muscle pain, sore breasts, aching joints
  • Respiratory infections, congestion, coughs, pleurishy, bronchitis, feverish colds
  • Poultice

Other Uses

  • Cosmetic: Soft inner skeleton - use as a sponge - rejuvenate skin - feet, knees, elbows
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