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or less commonly angled luffa
1 : a narrow, cylindrical, green-skinned edible gourd that has ten prominent angular, lengthwise ridges and a spongy, white, mild-flavored flesh and that is typically eaten when immature either cooked, raw, or pickled
Angled loofah looks odd, almost inedible—like a long, skinny gourd with razor-thin ridges—but once you peel, slice, and pickle it, the slightly spongy texture and zucchini-like flavor will take to your burger quite nicely.— Kemp Minifie, Gourmet, February 2003
The interior fibrous portion of mature fruits may be dried and used as sponges.
2 : an annual tropical vine (Luffa acutangula) of the gourd family that produces angled loofahs
Angled loofah is cultivated in India, tropical Asia, and parts of the Caribbean …— Derek B. Munro and Ernest Small, Vegetables of Canada, 1997
Both the fruit and plant are also called Chinese okra, patola, ribbed gourd, ridged gourd, and ridge gourd.