Eggplants, also called aubergine, are summer-growing crops that produce fruit well into autumn. They are part of the large and productive Solanaceae family, which means they are closely related to tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum and chilli. Eggplants are rich in vitamin C and vitamin B-6.
They have a spongy texture and mild, tender taste that enables this vegetable to soak up other flavours. This is a versatile vegetable to use in curries, baba ghanoush, moussaka or on its own roasted, sautéed, stuffed or grilled on the family barbie.
Eggplants are fairly easy to grow, as long as the conditions are right, and they have enough sun. They will take 14-16 weeks from sowing to harvest depending on the variety.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful eggplant harvest including tips along the way.
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