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Luffa

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Luffa

Egyptian luffa with nearly mature fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Cucurbitales
Family:Cucurbitaceae
Genus:Luffa
Species
  • L. acutangula (Angled luffa)
  • L. aegyptiaca (Smooth luffa, Egyptian luffa)
  • L. operculata (Sponge cucumber)

and others

The luffas (from Arabic لوف; also spelled loofah or loofa) are tropical and subtropical annual vines comprising the genus Luffa. The fruit of at least two species, L. acutangula and L. aegyptiaca, is grown to be harvested before maturity and eaten as a vegetable, sometimes called Chinese okra, popular in Asia and Africa. The fruit may also be allowed to mature and used as a bath or kitchen sponge after being processed to remove everything but the network of veins.

External links

ja:ヘチマ zh:丝瓜 ar:لوف

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