Product description

Botanical Name: Luffa acutangula

Types of Plant: Herbaceous annual vine

Part of the Plant used: Fruit (immature fruit)

Description: Ridge Gourd, scientifically known as Luffa acutangula, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. Also referred to as angled luffa, angled gourd, or sponge gourd, it is recognized for its elongated, cylindrical fruit with distinct ridges along its length. The immature fruit is harvested and consumed as a vegetable, prized for its tender flesh and mild flavor. Ridge gourd vines are fast-growing and prolific, producing ample yields under favorable growing conditions.


  • Culinary Uses: Ridge gourd is a versatile vegetable used in various culinary applications, particularly in Asian cuisine. It is commonly incorporated into curries, stir-fries, soups, and stews, adding texture and flavor to dishes. Ridge gourd pairs well with spices such as cumin, turmeric, chili, and coriander, enhancing its taste profile. Additionally, it can be stuffed, pickled, or added to salads for a refreshing crunch.
  • Nutritional Value: Ridge gourd is low in calories and rich in nutrients, making it a healthy addition to the diet. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium. Consuming ridge gourd may support digestive health, immune function, and overall well-being.
  • Health Benefits: Ridge gourd contains bioactive compounds like flavonoids and triterpenes, which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of ridge gourd may help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, its high fiber content aids in weight management and promotes satiety.


Growing Conditions:

  • Sunlight: Ridge gourd plants thrive in full sunlight and require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and fruit development.
  • Soil: Well-draining, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal for ridge gourd cultivation. Sandy loam or loamy soil enriched with organic matter promotes healthy root development and fruit production.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the growing season, especially during flowering and fruiting stages. Water ridge gourd plants regularly, ensuring adequate hydration to support vigorous growth and fruit formation.
  • Climate: Ridge gourd prefers warm temperatures between 70°F to 95°F (21°C to 35°C) and is sensitive to frost. It thrives in tropical and subtropical climates with a long growing season.

Harvesting and Storage of Ridge Gourd:

  • Harvest ridge gourd when they are young and tender, typically 6 to 8 inches in length, for optimal flavour and texture. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the fruit from the vine, leaving a short stem attached.
  • Check ridge gourd vines regularly for ripe fruit, as mature fruit may become fibrous and less palatable.
  • Store freshly harvested ridge gourd in the refrigerator for up to one week. To maintain freshness, wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a perforated plastic bag to prevent moisture loss.
  • Alternatively, ridge gourd can be sliced or diced and frozen for long-term storage, preserving its flavour and nutritional value for future use.

Ridge Gourd

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