7 March 2014, by gjones
Eggplant is one veggie that is often neglected in the home garden. Many people find the taste unappealing, and until I tasted a dish my husband made, I would have agreed.
Armed with a good recipe, eggplant can be a wonderful addition to your meal planning. It is easy to grow, often quite prolific, and can be prepped ahead and frozen which makes dinner-time a snap. There are a few recipe links at the end of this post, but we would love to hear your favorite way to prepare it!
Here are a few varieties to choose from, but there are very many more. It is fun to test a new cultivar each year, it keeps the garden and the dinner plate much more interesting.
Note: HL refers to an heirloom plant; OP to an open pollinated variety; and F1 is a Hybrid, which is not a genetically engineered variety.
|Black Beauty||Dark Purple||Long with bulbous tip||OP||Your typical variety|
|Kermit||Green||Round||F1||Used in Thai recipes|
|Applegreen||Green||5" Round||OP||Less acidic|
|Udumalapet||Pale green with purple stripes||3" oval||HL||Used in Indian curries & chutneys|
|Listada de Gandia||Purplish stripes||8" oval||HL||Can take the heat|
|Gretel||White||White fingerling 4" or longer||F1||Bitter free|
|Rosa Bianca||Pink & white||4-5" round||HL||Better yields in warmer areas|
|Jade Sweet||Green||Bell||HL||Good even when large|
|Asian Mix||Purple white & green||Long fingerlings||HL||AKA Finger Mix|
|Korean Red||Green to red||Round||HL||Better eaten green|
|Rotunda Bianca Sfumata di Rosa||White with rose stripes||Round||HL||Impressive when grown large|
|Turkish Orange||Green to orange||Round||HL||Sweet strong flavor|
|Thai Yellow Egg||Bright yellow||Egg shaped||HL||Also makes a delightful garnish|
This year we are trying 5 different varieties, more to come on that as the season progresses.
Other than personal experience, sources of information are: Seeds of the Month Club,Seed Savers Exchange,Baker Creek, and Johnny’s Select Seeds. Look to these companies to obtain the seeds listed.