Wild Loofah Vine {Marah oreganus}

   Also known as ‘wild cucumber’ because of the cucumber shape of the fruits (its not edible) or ‘manroot’ (because of its enormous root), the Wild Loofah Vine makes a wonderful loofah.

   One would never know this, however, when first looking at it because its covered in spikes, but once the fruits have been submerged fully in water for approximately 20 minutes, the outer carapace & spikes will peel away & leave you with a bathtime loofah.

   Here are some dried Loofah Vine fruits hanging among an Oak Tree:

1 hanging on tree

The dried fruits appear rather spiky, but they won’t hurt you:

3 raw fruits

Soak them in water to soften them up:

4 soaking

    Peeling off the the outer layer is plain simple fun:

5 peeling close-up

Underneath you will find a BEAUTIFUL wild, all-natural loofah!

6 peeled closeup

   For centuries, the Wild Loofah Sponge has kept children of all ages happy & meek:

Meredith with loofah

   Wild Willpower looks forward to filming Richard Lonewolf AND many other teachers & helping them teach everyone firsthand via this site for free- including Positive-Impact Harvesting Techniques so no one ruins the ecosystem or damages the populations of any biological organisms while harvesting-AND to ensure its continued growth!  We’re currently doing everything we can to fundraise $ 450,000 to acquire our list of needed resources so we can make this website operate as described here.  We are in immediate need of a vehicle to finish documenting his new book as well!  Even a small amount helps a great deal- we can truly help the world with this one! 

Model: Meredith Thompson

Bibliography: Richard Lonewolf

Photos & Database Entry: Distance Everheart 4-18-13

 

 

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