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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