Plants are ready to harvest just before the vine dies. Pick pods from the vinesand clean them lightly with warm water.
Using a sharp knife, peel the green outer skin of the pod.
Milk the pod by cutting one end of the plant with a sharp knife. With the cut endfacing downward squeeze the vegetable from the middle releasing the interior "milk substance" and seeds.You can run high pressure water through the pod to get the same effect.
Soak the now empty loofah in warm water to which 2-3 capfuls of bleach havebeen added. This helps in removing the natural browning of the plant after peeling.Allow the naked plant to soak for 10-15 minutes, until the desired lightening hasbeen achieved.*Note you are not required to lighten the loofah; it's a matter of choice.
Wash the loofah with mild soap and water until bleach residue is completelyremoved.
To dry naturally, lay the loofah onto a clean screen which has been elevated byfour spools of thread. Cover the screen with cheese cloth.Rotate the loofah periodically.This allows extra moisture to easily seep from the loofah through the screen,cheese cloth and prevent molding.
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