Photographer's Note

i miss posting fotos from the philippines and so i went excavate my files and found this one taken at one of my city's open public markets, the santa cruz market.

patola is pilipino for luffa or sponge gourde which is primarily consumed as vegetable. it is called hechima in japanese, sinqua in cantonese, muopkhia in vietnamese, toorai or ghosala in indian. also known as smooth gourd or loofah, grown primarily for the tough fibrous netting that remains after the pulpy flesh is removed from the mature fruit. the fibrous netting makes excellent sponges that are valued for use in the bath or as a dish and pot scrubbers. other important uses of the spongy material are for marine steam engine filters, doormats, table mats, mattress, or shoulder pad stuffing, and for absorbing sound.

nb- i used a +2 lens diopter-converter to capture this image.

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