What are Loofahs made of?
Loofah is a widely cultivated plant in the Cucurbitacea family which is easy to grow. It is cultivated throughout Asia and the United States for food and scrubbers but is inherent to tropical Africa and Asia. Loofah is also known as Sponge Gourd, Bath Sponge, Dish Cloth Gourd, Towel Gourd, Dishrag Gourd, Vegetable Sponge, Rag Gourd, Wash-Rag Sponge, Smooth Luffa, Scrubber Gourd, and Wild Vegetable Sponge. Luffa is titled to various names in different countries such as German: Luffa, Netzgurke; Hindu: Dhodka, Ghia-Torai; Korean: Su Sa Mi Oe; French: Courge Torchon, Pétole; Russian: Ljufa and others.
The loofah grows best in tropical and subtropical climates and thrives in well-drained soils. It is a coarse, vigorous, monoecious and annual vine that bears cylindrical and smooth fruits which are used as culinary vegetables. It grows on bushy plants that are 30 ft. (9 m) long. The plant has got five angled stems. The leaves are dark green, ovate-reinform with silvery patches topside. The flowers are monoecious, yellow having the diameter of 5-7.5 cm. The plant bears flowers during summer. There are three varieties of Loofha such as: Angled Loofha , Smooth Loofha , Taiwan Loofha .
Loofah Fruit is used in cooking as well as to treat various health ailments. It is helpful to lower the blood sugar, constipation, weight loss, and hypoglycemia, enhance immune system, weight loss and detoxifies the body.
This fruit also contains various antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, nutrients and lipids. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A and carbohydrates. It is also a very good source of Vitamin B5, Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Total dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Magnesium.