Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

On May 13, a farmer Hiroshi Tome is harvesting loofa in Tomigusuku.

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Loofa or Hechima harvest has started in Okinawa. The harvest season is from the end of May to July. Mainland Japanese do not have the custom of eating loofa, but it is a popular vegetable during summer in Okinawa.

Hiroshi Tome, a fifty-two-year-old, second-generation farmer who lives in Tomigushiku, grows loofa. “Dark green and growing straight, loofas taste excellent,” he said. “Boiled loofa gives a savory taste so it is delicious just with canned tuna and salt. I want people to try the dish if they have never eaten it before.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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