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uses for the luffa #288339

Asked November 02, 2015, 9:25 AM EST

when i am washing my luffas the mixture of the sap and water foams and the skin on my hands feel s better. is there any known use for the sap that comes from luffas? thanks ron

Miller County Missouri

Expert Response

Interesting question. I checked the New Crops website of Purdue university to see if one of their resources addressed this, and none did. You can eat the luffa gourd when much less mature. About all the comments center on eating it when tender, or processing it when mature, but nothing about the sap or flesh that one is removing. Here is the link for the New Crops web site if you want to explore a little on your own. Wikipedia has a nice section on it as well.

https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/nexus/Luffa_aegyptiaca_nex.html

James Quinn Replied November 02, 2015, 10:57 AM EST

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