Guess this is what would be referred to as the second harvest of eggplants coming in – part of a staggered planting that assures availability over the summer.
Eggplant was something I kind of had to sneak up on, didn’t initially care much for it but enjoy it dipped in batter and either baked or pan fried now.
A few years ago I had a piece of eggplant pie, never heard of it before or since – it had the same kind of consistency as pumpkin pie and was meant to be more of an entree than a dessert, kind of like shepherds pie.
There are several ways to prepare eggplant and comes down to personal choice. It’s another plant that once having taken hold likes to spread out a little.
You can germinate the seed indoors a few weeks ahead of planting it you like, but it’s best to be sure you’re past the frost stage before relocating them outside or planting the seeds directly outside.
Best to plant the seeds fairly close to the surface, say half or three quarters of an inch and where they will receive an abundance of sunlight.
Normal spacing between the plants is two to two and half feet apart, but as can be seen in the photos it’s as though they are a social plant and like contact with their kindred. as though they’ll strain to establish that contact.
A lot of people say it takes around five months from planting to harvesting, I’m inclined to think that may have something to do with the quality of soil, nutrients, and possibly other factors like elevation and climate as that hasn’t been our experience.
I’ve heard of so many associated health benefits related to eggplant I looked on the net and including the following link.