Marah macrocarpa seed pods

The dried seed pod skeletons of Marah macrocarpa make great dish sponges and face loofas. I have been using these exclusively for a year now. Durable, sustainable, and free. Try them and if you like them, spread the word. Save the planet, save money!

This is a dried seed pod with the spiky skin still attached.

Simply soak this in water for a 1/2 hour and then gently peel off the spiky layer, which will become soft. What remains will look like this.


Posted by jim_carretta jim_carretta, February 17, 2019 04:13


Neat! This species seems to range mostly south of San Luis Obispo County. It would be good for people to gather their own that they grow. Of course we shouldn't harvest anything from public protected wild spaces, even if the plant is common.

Posted by leafybye over 3 years ago (Flag)

Who would’ve thought that something so spikey could have a heart you’d want to rub all over your face?! Cool.

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