2 tips to harvesting and eating luffa
All going well, the first luffas should be ready 2-3 months after sowing.
• Only young luffas are suitable for eating as a vegetable. They should be picked when just 10-15cm long. They will grow much bigger, but the bigger they get the more the taste becomes very bitter due to the presence of purgative chemicals. They do not store well so pick just before use. • If buying fruit, choose firm, unblemished luffas. The skin should have a soft and velvety feel and yield slightly when squeezed.