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:
The dried fruits appear rather spiky, but they won’t hurt you:
Soak them in water to soften them up:
Peeling off the the outer layer is plain simple fun:
Underneath you will find a BEAUTIFUL wild, all-natural loofah!
For centuries, the Wild Loofah Sponge has kept children of all ages happy & meek:
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