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Where does a luffa sponge come from?

Learn where luffa sponges come from and their commonly used names.

Luffa sponges are a great way to exfoliate. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Luffa sponges are a great way to exfoliate.

Luffa sponges come from nonwoody vines of the cucumber family. The interior fibrous skeletons of the fruit are used as sponges.

The common name is sometimes spelled loffah or loofah. Such names as dishcloth gourd, rag gourd and vegetable sponge are other popular names.

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