Luffa or Angled Gourds

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Luffa gourds, sometimes called Chinese okra, are elongated fruits with prominent ridges, and a mild taste and delicate texture when eaten immature. (A different species is used to make fibrous luffa “sponges”; true sponges are sea creatures.)