I'm contributing this to the Saturday Spotlight series started by Liz at Suburban Tomato.
I do love trialling many different varieties of plants and today's is one that is really hitting its peak at the moment. Eggplants.
Now I must now confess I'm not very good at growing eggplants. I've only ever had crops starting in around March, while I know other Melbournian veggie gardeners have crops much earlier. However, I can wholeheartedly recommend the variety Prospersa - as even I can grow it and it has survived where 6 other varieties I tried to grow this year failed.
Plus, its gorgeous. The lurid purple-ness is no photography trick - it really is that pretty.
This is the stalwart plant.
I've had two eggplants off it so far, and one is close to being ready to pick.
There are probably three more on the way.
It is still flowering, so I'm hopeful for more.
But as well as being pretty, it's a very tasty eggplant. It has a lovely dense but flavourome flesh, and the skin retains a little of its purple hue on cooking (which I find so many eggplants don't - they go grey. Grey is not a delicious colour.)
I bought these seeds from an American seed company last year (Territorial Seeds from memory, and they were ok to import into Aus then), but I don't know if there are Aussie seed companies selling them. Either way I'll definitely be growing them again!