Also known as
Chinese-Okra, Angled Loofah, Dishcloth Gourd, Ribbed Gourd, Ribbed Loofah, Silky Gourd, Sinkwa Towelsponge, Strainervine, Ridged gourd, Sing-kwa
Luffa acutangula vegetable 019 by Anna Frodesiak (CC0)
This plant has no fragrance
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Ridge Gourd Overview
Luffa acutangula is commercially grown for its unripe fruits as a vegetable or mature fruits used as natural cleaning sponges. Its fruit slightly resembles a cucumber or zucchini with ridges. It ranges from central and eastern Asia to southeastern Asia. It is also grown as a houseplant in places with colder climates.
Common problems with Ridge Gourd
Susceptible to beetles, fruit-flies and caterpillars.
How to harvest Ridge Gourd
The fruit must be harvested at a young stage (less than 12 cm in length) if growing for cooking purposes. Harvest the seeds and loofah for a natural sponge when the fruit on the vines dry out completely, then pick, peel and harvest the seedsor use the sponge.
How to propagate Ridge Gourd
Sow seeds in situ, 3-4 seeds per hole, after 2 weeks keep only 2 seedlings and remove the rest. In tropical and subtropical regions sow all year or before rainy season.
Special features of Ridge Gourd
Quickly cover a fence or trellis to provide a temporary screen.
Other uses of Ridge Gourd
Vegetable, culinary, food
Good for reducing skin infections, inflammation, constipation.
The fruit is eaten when it is young.