ridged gourd

[English] plural ridged gourds

The ridged gourd or angled loofah is a type of gourd characterised by ten ridges which run its length and which should be removed before cooking. It grows on a vine which grows up to 3 meters (9 ft) in height. It is a mild-flavoured gourd with a dull grey-green skin, closely related to the loofah you might use in your bath but better flavoured, having a similar taste and texture to okra.

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