Loofah, Angled

Luffa acutangula

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Also angled luffa, ridged gourd, Chinese okra, silk squash, tori or to ray (Indian), see gua and variations (Chinese), patola (Philippine)

However exotic in appearance and name, this curious cucurbit is as mild and fresh-tasting as a simple summer squash. Slim and lightweight, tapered and graceful, it is decorated with sharp ridges that develop as the fruit matures, becoming rough and leathery with age. Young loofah has a texture and flavor between zucchini and cucumber and a clear, uniform emerald color. When it is quick-cooked, the flesh turns soft and pale green while the edges remain lightly crisp.