Did you know you can grow your own loofahs? Also called Luffa
, these are veggies that prefer to grow in a long, hot growing season (the plant is thought to come from Asia originally). Maybe with global warming we'll all be able to grow them soon? Well if not, you can always build a hothouse
. Anyway, I found this neat how-to on our sister site, That's Fit: How to make your own loofahs
. Doesn't look much harder than working with any veggie, and the practical upshot is that you could have enough of the things to give away as inexpensive but very pleasant gifts. Oh, and you can keep the seeds and keep planting the suckers-- isn't nature wonderful?