When you think about those adorable, exfoliating loofah (common name) scrubbers, a gourd probably does not come to mind. But indeed, Luffa aegyptiaca, Luffa cylindrica, Luffa acutangula, and Luffa operculata are related to squash and cucumbers, all members of the same Cucurbitaceae family. We’ll discuss how to grow and harvest your own luffa.