IT, yeah, yeah I know--thanks... So's anyway I'm talking about my loofah, luffa, loofa, What-ever. Have y'all, my dear internets, been following the progress of my loofah plants over on 365 Views by Me? They have done well this year, Finally. I have been trying to get these going a couple of years (I think) Last year they started growing and then bam-ah-lamb, they withered and died. And for those of y'all that want to know... in fancy a$$ed words they are called luffa cylindrica.
I don't have a photo of when the plants first came up and were growing, but fear not my dears I have a photo of one blooming.
Here is a photo of a "fingerling"; theoretically they can be eaten at this size. Cut them up into bite sized pieces and use in soups, stir frying or whatever way you like. I know, freaky that we can actually eat those tough scratchy bath thingies for food.
But of course if left on the vine they grow and grow, looking like this
And that is what I wanted so I let them be and watched for the tale tail signs they were ready to be tuned into bathing tools, pot scrubbers or even white wall tire scrubbies (cool). Okay so I didn't exactly wait the recommended time... which was to leave them on the vine till they turn brown, skin becomes leathery / hard, become light (not heavy) and the seeds rattle inside when ya shake 'em. Anyways I noticed that my biggest one had become pale and yellowish and not being able to wait I cut it from the vine. See here just before cutting it off
The skin had become leathery and I could feel that it had pulled away, slightly, from the fibrous meat inside, but my seeds did not rattle, it weighed only ounces almost like a balloon with regular oxygen in it. So I left it to sit on the dining table for a while. You know this was hard for me, and maybe the remaining fruit that hangs on the vines I'll do the "right way...blah, blah pretty much let the vine just wither away and die before I pluck 'em off, blah.
Okay that's it for this post, Jai has taught me well to leave y'all wanting more. Well do ya? Want more? Keep an eye out for the next time I post about my loofahs to see how this looked on the inside, etc. and junk.
Missing y'all but the learning is going oakie-dough-key.