Yes, this is a post about those scruffy, scratchy, exfoliating things people use in their showers or sinks.
During a trip to the beach in Guatemala we learned a few things about luffas (also spelled loofah) and wanted to share. Turns out, they grow by the coast but we were surprised to find out they don't grow in the water. They are not a species of sponge. Loofahs are actually grown on vines and are part of the gourd or cucumber family.
Since luffas are technically fruits we were not overly surprised that some people eat them. They are commonly used in soups and sitr-fries in Vietnam.
Learning we were in the land of luffas we set out to buy one. We stopped at tienda after tienda along the beach road looking for a place to buy one but had no luck. Turns out they are grown here but they are not something the locals use. We were just about to give up our luffa search when suddenly we spotted this house.
We parked in their driveway and walked up to the door.
The owners were inside watching TV. They noticed us milling around in their yard and knew what we wanted.
We're constantly surprised by what we learn, see and buy on the road.
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