So, you can peel your green/yellowing loofahs straight away or let them dry out more, I like to dry them out completely before peeling as it makes it much easier to do. The skin just falls away.

The benefit of peeling the fruit before it's completely dry is that the sponge stays light in colour (less discolouration).

While drying naturally the fruit can get rotted spots or stung by insects or just be darker in general.

Dried out fruits - you can hear the seeds rattling around inside.

This is my pride and joy - the biggest one of the crop. I left it to dry on its own and it does have some discolouration on the other side. Other than that it is pretty good condition.  I'm going to soak it in some water and vinegar to try and clean it up a bit. You can also bleach them and/or dye them different colours if you want to.

Each fruit gives you lots of seeds so that you can start again next summer.

If you would like to have a go at growing your own Loofah Spongees, I will bring some seeds and sponges to LEAF tomorrow to show and share.

 

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Comment by Karen Freeman on June 2, 2012 at 21:09

Great Loofah, can you believe my crop failed!!! last year. I have one Loofah from a friend and I use it in the kitchen I just cut pieces off and use as scourers.

So I will take you up on the offer of some seeds Please.

 

PS I just planted a Cotton Tree, to get my own cotton balls for use in Beauty of course!! I thought of making a special section in the garden, called the Beauty garden. Cotton Balls, Loofahs, and planting lots of beauty herbs abound. Just picked up Patchouli plant from the Herb happening to get things rolling, and have the eau de col.mint, and scented geraminums, and rose bush.........IHope all goes well, just have to let Ruby the Dog know she doesnt need Beauty Items and stick to bones!!

Comment by Trinette on June 2, 2012 at 18:28

The nicest ones I will fill with homemade soap to slice up and use in the shower, or use them as a scrubber in the shower.

The not so pretty ones i will probably use outside, to clean up dirty pots etc.

Comment by Lyn Buffett on June 2, 2012 at 16:18

What do you use them for Trinette?

Comment by Denise Owen on June 2, 2012 at 16:14

What a beauty....

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