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Just before Christmas we moved to a new place 4000m2 block and almost flat and came with a few raised garden beds.

In the beds predominantly were the usual tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, zuchini :puker, and what appears to be some variety of egg plant.
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How do you know when they are ready to consume??

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Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:30 pm
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can't see the picture but the flesh is firmer and has a green tinge when they are not ready, but you don't want to wait too long are they go bitter and seedy.

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Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:32 pm
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i think I fixed thelink now GG

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Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:35 pm
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Post Re: Egg plant
What a bonus getting veggie beds full up already. I hope the beds at my place are full when we take over, but I doubt it.
I'd say by the look of them that the larger ones are ready to eat.
Best plan would be to pick one of the larger ones and cut it and cook it up
and see what it's like.

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Will have to give it a ago J

It was nice to have the beds full of produce - though it has come at a price the soil retains no moisture its very sandy - suitable for carrots I think :lol:

We will bring back a few bags of sheep poo tonight which will get dug in ove rthe next few days I guess - It will probably introduce a number of weeds though :(

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Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:53 pm
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Another idea, maybe pick one and take it to your local greengrocer or nursery and ask for advice. :)
I fairly sure that that type don't grow as big as the dark purple / black ones.

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I'm having a bit of a giggle here, Bernie. Knowing when an eggplant is ripe enough is like saying your bread is cooked 15 minutes before it starts to burn!
You can eat eggplant as early/young as you like, but when the seeds are brownish and clearly visible, your eggplant will taste a little bitter. However, that's why most recipes recommend the process of salting your sliced eggplant, then wiping off before you cook it.
You may be interested to know that eggplant continue to ripen after you've picked them, so what can be a beautiful young "fruit" can go mature and bitter during the week you decide how to eat it!

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File comment: I've just picked this one, and it barely has a seed to offer (not good for the seed saving bank) but you'll see the browness around the few seeds on the bottom of the pic. It's well & trully ready.
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Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:58 pm
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well I bit the bullet last night and was making a chicken and mushroom dish and the recepie called for capsicum - which I didnt have any of so I sliced up a few of my funny stripy egg plants and through them in and they didnt make the food unpalatable :lol:

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I've seen those ones in shops - I grew one with the same stripey purple colouring but more the 'traditional' eggplant shape and reckon it tasted heaps better than the dark purple ones :D Yum!

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I think in the end the chooks ate most of them :o

I did cook a few up on the BBQ.

I cant say I Was a fan but they were OK.

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