Saturday Spotlight... on Sunday

24 March, 2013

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!

8 comments:

  1. They look and sound great. Was it you who sent me the Listada de Gandia? I should really take notes shouldn't I? Anyway I harvested my first one yesterday so thankyou! I like the look of these too - I just need to persuade my kids they adore eggplant....

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    1. I think so, but I can't remember either. Either way I hope you like them. Pity your kids don't like them, but then again more for you...

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  2. That is a lovely eggplant, and such a deep purple color. When
    I saw the shape I thought it was an Italian type, and they certainly know their eggplants! I am glad you kept trying them, because persistence has obviously paid off for you.

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    1. Cheers. I'm glad this one survived, otherwise I would have been tempted to give up on eggplant altogether. Now I will keep planting and hope for the best!

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  3. Wow, that is the most beautiful eggplant I have ever seen. I LOVE eggplant. Growing them, eating them and just looking at them and their flowers and their spiky stems and flowers, and, and... I am especially drawn to yours becasue I have had no success this season at all, sigh.

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    1. Isn't it just. They are gorgeous plants. Though I do feel slightly better with my very poor 1/6 odds knowing that I'm not the only eggplant growing struggler out there.

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  4. After my dismal effort last year, I only planted two plants this year (and have so far only harvested two eggplants!). But the one you've grown looks amazing. Maybe I need to make a big effort next year and try properly again. They do seem to ripen quite late in Melbourne. I assumed they need heat, but maybe it's length of Summer too?

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    1. Still, two plants is better than my one! I'll be trying them much earlier next year to see if I get better crops. I just looked in my Diggers Fruit and Veg Growing book and it says they like a long summer so I'm guessing that's the key. I wonder if a mini greenhouse type environment will extend the season in Melbourne?

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