By Amy Weiss

Mar 27 2019

Due to their similar uses, many assume loofahs come from sea creatures like sponges. However, Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber (Cucurbitaceae) family. Luffa gourds are grown primarily for their fruit’s fibrous tissue skeleton, which is dried and used as a bath sponge. Young fruits are less fibrous and can be eaten as squash or substituted for cucumbers.