A beautiful vegetable!
Those of you who know me well will already know that I have a passion for growing and cooking Eggplant and that I am always encouraging others to try growing some of this beautiful vegetable for themselves! If you haven’t had the run down from me personally, here goes… We grow 2 varieties – the large and rounded deep purple Italian variety and a smaller, thinner cream variety called Gretel. Eggplant not only are an easy summer crop, but they also look fantastic in your garden. Plant young plants in full sun and good soil. Large leaves form a rounded clump with small lilac flowers which develop into beautiful fruits.
Harvest starting in August when the fruits are large and shiny. That’s it! Easy…. Once you’ve harvested your crop, you can add to just about any recipe from stir fry, spaghetti bolognaise, lasagna or just slice and barbeque. The white variety, Gretel is the perfect size to slice as medallions. Try out my kid friendly Eggplant Parmesan recipe – one of my family’s favourite dishes!