Luffa also spelled loofah called the sponge gourd or cucumber, or Hechima in Japanese is a fruit rich in dietary fiber. In addition to its use as a food, it can also be found as an active ingredient in some brands of face lotion and window curtains, among many other eco-friendly ways it is used.
In Japan, it is primarily harvested out of Okinawa and in the southern part of Kyushu. Cooked in miso, eaten alongside vegetables, or fried up in a crispy Tempura are some examples of how it is eaten. Luffa produced out of Okinawa is sometimes refereed as Nabera. Luffa is a notable part of the traditional Okinawan Diet.
In terms of nutritional balance, the luffa is said to be good source of vitamins and minerals, particularly helpful in fighting off heat stroke in the hot summers of Okinawa. It is an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin K.
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Additional Facts for Luffa
Nutrition facts for Luffa (1piece 250g)
Nutrition info displayed such as percent meal value and PFC balance scales are based on a 1800 calorie diet for women between ages 18 and 29 years old weighing around 112 pounds and daily nutritional requirements.
【Calories and Macronutrient Composition】
（Percent Meal Value）
2g (8 Cal)
0.25g (2.25 Cal)
9.5g (38 Cal)
The calories in Luffa per 250g(1piece) is 40 calories. Luffa is calculated to be 16Cal per 100 grams making 80Cal equivalent to 500g with 9.5g of mostly carbohydrates、2g of protein、0.25g of fat in 250g while being rich in vitamins and minerals such as Folate and Vitamin K.