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What are loofa gourds?
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The word "loofa" (also known as "loofah", "loufa" and "luffa") is derived from the Arabic word " lūfa" which means "plant". A "gourd" describes a crop plant in the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, melons and loofas. Gourds produce large fruits with shells that harden when dry. Loofa gourds look like giant zucchini or cucumber, often reaching over 14 feet! Young loofa gourds are usually cooked and eaten just like squash, or used in salads instead of cucumbers. Longer and more mature loofa gourds have very fibrous tissue, which when dried, can be used as a bath and shower...