lufa???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Brianm97, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am planting some lufa this spring and was wondering if it was poisionous
     
  2. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Like the thing you take a bath with [​IMG] [​IMG] just kidding
     
  3. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    ^ Yes, that. It's a vegetable first that you can eat and it's not poisonous.

    I was surprised to find out it was a vine that liked to choke everything around it, though.
     
  4. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Yes, the thing you take a bath with. It comes from a squash. I am not sure if this is spelled correctly, but the Chinese call it "si gwa". When picked young, it is a squash that is popular in many parts of the world. Allowed to get overgrown on the vine and then dried, the network of inner fibers of the squash fruit becomes what we use as a loofah (lufa, loofa, many spellings for the same thing).

    I am growing some this year, too. I am not sure whether the leaves are poisonous, but if the squash is used to make soup (and I have eaten said soup), I am sure it's pretty similar to other squashes. It kind of looks like a zucchini when it's growing, and make sure you have a STRONG ladder or trellis or "teepee" to hold it up.
     
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:Yep! Mine took a liking to the nearest tree... and up she went!!! Grows like a weed.. or, well.. a squash. I think she grew a foot a day for a week before she stopped and died on me (summer heat).
     
  6. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea i am planning on planting it around the yard and letting it go up th trees as it pleases. i just butter not be under it when one falls. they weigh near 5 pounds...[​IMG]
     
  7. Brianm97

    Brianm97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i went to flordia this week and bought like 20 pods. ( after he showed me how many seeds are inside [​IMG] but more the merrier. i can see it now a big sign saying eggs forsale and then spraypainted under it (and loofa) haha
     

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