Sweet & tasty luffa gourds can be cooked and eaten like cucumber or squash and is highly nutritious. It can also be eaten raw. Luffa is loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, riboflavin, zinc, thiamine, iron and magnesium. It has been found to have antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
The luffa gourd is good simply steamed and finished with a drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce, or with browned garlic and slices of chili pepper for flavor. It may also be stuffed with meat, such as pork, and steamed. It can eaten raw – it can be cut into slices and used in salads. The fruit is best consumed as soon as it is bought or harvested.