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September 30, 2010

And Ta Dah

We are back for our disclosure of the guts. Yes indeed the insides of my world famous first ever successful loofa. Like I said in the last post I did not wait the “prescribed” time and all, but I am very pleased with my jumping the gun.

I squeezed the plucked fruit and the skin felt loose so I squeezed some to loosen the rest and the skin split. That’s okay as you know I was very excited, like a kid having a birthday, so I plunged my thumbs in and wriggled them around then boo-ah, the leathery like skin peeled right off. Amazing, because this was nothing at all like I had read about online, where I read how it was “hard” to get the skin off the fiber. Oh well, chalk it up to beginners luck.


Of course the insides were wet, sorta slimy even, so I rinsed and rinsed, squeezing seeds out as I went. Thumping the loofa membrane on the side of the sink, till I finally got all the seeds out. I was very surprised to find that is was soft, like one of the store bought plastic doo-hickies.


Does it sound silly to be so excited about a loofa? I know, I know reminds some of y’all about my cotton. I can’t really explain it, this feeling of growing one of God’s plants and holding such really cool, nature-rific products in my own two hands.


And now, I’m sure, y’all are wondering what I’m gonna do with this luffa. Me too, but perhaps I’ll use it in the shower. I mean I can’t be sure how good a product I have unless I use it myself. Right?


How about it, my dear internets do y’all have any unique ideas I can steal use? I’d love to hear ‘em as I will have a few more of these awesome nature-rific loofahs sitting around.

12 comments:

Linda said...

This whole loofah biz is very interesting. I am going to run it by my hubbers the gardener -- perhaps we'll grow some next year because the plant is very cool.

We're just trying to figure out what to do with the gazillions of hardy kiwis we're harvesting. Peace...

Jeni said...

I'd have already used that thing if it were in my hands!

Dorraine said...

Is there no end to your discoveries, Paige? Wow, I don't have anything that tops that. Enjoy that good scrub. :-)

Jai Joshi said...

Wow! You grew loofahs?

Use it in the shower and then let us know how it was. I'm fascinated to find out.

Jai

ElizabethR said...

I'm with Jai on this one Paige. You should use it in the shower and let us know how good it was. It looks like one mean, mama-jama, luffa.

Stacy Post said...

Now can I write a story with a character in it who grows a loofah? I didn't even know that was possible. :) It's never a dull moment with you, Paige. Enjoy the discoveries!

sheila said...

Oh, this is very, VERY cool!

Deanna Schrayer said...

No, I have nothing that tops that either Paige. So, how did it work for you? If it thoroughly scrubbed away dry skin then I'll be growing some myself next year. Can I do that I wonder, up here in Virginy where it's not so hot and dry....well, okay, we did have the heat this year...
I think I'll try it anyway. Thanks so much for sharing your many talents with us!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

A loofah post? Whatever next?

Daisy said...

Wow! It looks great! I think it turned out perfectly.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I have no clue! Have you tried Google?

Dapoppins said...

Oh my, I saw that first picture with out reading and thought "WHAT the heck did that woman do to her corn????"