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The Sponge gourd is also known as the "Luffa" Sponge gourd and is botanically known at Luffa aegyptiaca. A member of the Curcurbitaceae (Cucumber) family, the Sponge gourd is produced on a climbing vine, has a cylindrical shape and smooth green outer skin. This gourd can reach between 1 to 2 feet in length and has a white inner flesh. The inner flesh of the Sponge gourd is very fibrous and offers a flavor similar to bitter melon.
Sponge gourd is classified as a long-season fruit, which can be found growing nearly year-round in warm, tropical climates.
Recipes that include Sponge Gourd. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Wok with Ray||Sponge Gourd (Patola) Soup|
|Apron and Sneakers||Sponge Gourd Soup with Misua, Shrimp, & Saffron|
|Salu Salo||Sauteed Sponge Gourd|