PlantsLuffa→Chinese Okra (Luffa acutangula)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 30 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Selfsowed - massive reaching to fan in pergola

Growing Unusual Fruits and Vegetables from the Grocery StoreGrowing Unusual Fruits and Vegetables from the Grocery Store
By Bubbles on December 15, 2011

Have you ever wandered through a grocery produce section and wondered how some of the more exotic fruits and vegetables are grown and how they should be prepared? I recently roamed the aisles of a local grocery that caters to our city's growing international transplants. I had never seen so many root vegetables that were unknown to me. My husband wasn't along and therefore could not be embarrassed by his wife, so I asked permission to photograph some of the produce with my phone. The produce manager smiled and said, "People do it all the time."

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 30, 2011 6:12 PM

Immature fruits of less-bitter cultivars of Luffa acutangula are used as a vegetable. They are cooked or fried and used in soups and sauces. Occasionally, the stem tops with young leaves and flower buds are used as a leafy vegetable.

Young immature fruits are picked 12–15 days after fruit set. Fruits can be picked every 3 days throughout the fruiting season, by hand or with a knife. Individual plants may produce 15–20 fruits

Mature, dried fruits are used as a sponge.

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Posted by piksihk (Texas - Zone 9a) on Sep 6, 2012 12:18 PM

These are starting to bear fruit after a too hot summer.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 20, 2018 Seeds germinated
piksihk On September 11, 2017 Fruit Ripened
piksihk On June 22, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
they have rapidly grown - reaching over fence-
piksihk On May 14, 2017 Seeds germinated
piksihk On November 30, 2016 Maintenance performed
end of season; cutting down vines;
piksihk On August 20, 2016 Fruit Ripened
picked two - loads of blooms
piksihk On August 1, 2016 Bloomed
some leaves measure 15Lx14W; the largest leaves I've ever seen;
piksihk On September 1, 2014 Fruit Ripened
3AmigosGarden On September 4, 2017 Seeds germinated
3AmigosGarden On September 1, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On August 30, 2017 Obtained plant
Pima County Seed Library
antsinmypants On March 1, 2021 Seeds sown
3 seeds sown indoors under lights.
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