The loofah is also known as the ridged gourd, luffa, dish cloth gourd, or Chinese okra. It has a flavor similar to summer squash, with a cucumber like crispness.
The loofah is a gourd that is long and narrow. Most have strong ridges running lengthwise down the vegetable . Some varieties are also smooth. Buy when small, approximately 12 inches long, and when it is hard and heavy for it’s size.
Loofahs can also be harvested and dried to be used as a “dish cloth” or rag. Loofahs are low in calories and also contain vitamin C.
Loofah and Chicken Stir Fry
1/2 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cut across grain into 1/8 inch thick slices
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp. Asian sesame oil
2 tbsp. oyster
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/2-cup chicken stock or low sodium chicken broth
1/2 lb. fresh angled loofah
1-cup peanut oil