how do i grow Eggplant?
To start your eggplant from seed, plant them inside in a seedling tray. Choose a larger seedling tray to allow ample room to grow while the plant is inside, before being transplanted. Sow one seed per cell on your seedling tray and cover it with a light layer of soil and water. Keep the tray in a place that gets a lot of sunlight (6-8hours) and is a constant room temperature.
Continue to grow your seedlings in 4 inch pots before moving them into the garden
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Harvest your eggplant with scissors to avoid damaging the plant. Pick some fruits that are half the size of mature fruit because it will stimulate the plant to keep producing. Clip the stem as close to the stalk as possible without damaging the stalk itself. Another sign that your eggplant is ready to harvest is when they nice and glossy.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try pruning off some of the flowers to keep energy focused on existing fruit
1 cup: Folate (5%), Vitamin B6 (3%), Vitamin K (4%), Thiamin (2%), Manganese (10%), Potassium (5%)
Preparing and using
Store your eggplant on the kitchen table if you’re not going to use them right away, but don’t store them in your refrigerator. Be mindful when handling your eggplant as they can bruise easily. Eggplants are great to use in famous dishes such as eggplant parmesan, moussaka and ratatouille, or fry them up in a stirfry. They are also great if you're looking to reduce your meat consumption as they are very hearty and great on the grill.