El Paso Times, Borderland
FARMER: EL PASO ENTERS SPONGE MARKET

Yolanda Clay, left, of the Texas Department of Agriculture, checked the loofah plants that Juan Aguirre, an agricultural engineer from Argentina, is growing in a 40-acre field along Borderland Road in El Paso's Upper Valley. The loofah gourd when dried is used as a sponge for massaging and cleaning the skin.

El Paso Times

LOOFAH FACTS

• The loofah gourd is a member of the Curcubitaceae family, which includes cucumber and pumpkin.
• It also is known as "Paste", "Estropajo" and "Luffa".
• Upon harvesting, the interior fibers can be used as a sponge.


Overview

LOOFAH'S FARM IMAGE

Quality control at the commercial loofah farm, inspect loofah gourds.

Go Texan Certification
Go Texan Certification 2001-2002

Texas Department Of Agriculture.

Univisión
TV Interview

Engineer Juan E. Aguirre in the loffah's farm.