My Selection Of Eggplant

  1. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Mark submitted a new Showcase Item:

    My Selection Of Eggplant

    Read more about this showcase item here...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Tim C

    Tim C Two heads are better than one Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2014
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    146
    A bloody boring plant in my opinion... Yet I got some to try and grow-Long Reds. The Blacks from the shop(eggplants, that is) I got for seed, but they obviously need to be further bush-matured or are hybrids-no seeds. I put them in a stir-fry, but...nah. I know the old Greeks and Eyeties use-em heaps, but apart from drowning in olive oil turped-up with herbs I am yet to find a style I like. I'm hoping my homegrowns may have some unique flavour-unlike the cardboard flavour I seem to be able to reproduce well.
     
  3. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Grilling brings out the flavour best I reckon. They can also be used as a great substitute for pasta sheets in a lasagna. I like to add eggplant to vegetable curries because it acts as a natural sauce thickener.
     
  4. Mary Playford

    Mary Playford Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2014
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Elizabeth, Adelaide, South Australia.
    Climate:
    Temperate (all seasons)
    I planted some from seeds and I think they are just lazy why I haven’t seen them yet. I don’t get it, some say they are easy to grow and the volunteers growing in my garden friend’s garden have a better chance than my lazy lot LOL. I hope to have some growing in my garden one of these days.
     
  5. Tim C

    Tim C Two heads are better than one Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2014
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    146
    I still have long red seeds. I better have another go at propagating them, now the weather has warmed up.
     
  6. letsgo

    letsgo Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2014
    Messages:
    627
    Likes Received:
    227
    Location:
    SE Queensland, Australia
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    They look great Mark, but personally I don't like eggplant :)
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    What! You don't like eggplant :)

    I'm growing a small Thai variety ATM see how they go - haven't flowered yet...
     
  8. Joseph Isaac

    Joseph Isaac Active Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Philippines
    Eggplants! I love them. I usually make eggplant salad every morning. I like that round variety of eggplant! I've never seen one in real life though and the color white eggplant fascinates me. I also wonder if long red variety would be available or thrive here. I want to amuse my neighbors.lol
     
  9. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Joseph, do you use them raw or cooked in your salad?
     
  10. Joseph Isaac

    Joseph Isaac Active Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2015
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Philippines
  11. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Pretty cool... :) Good video too - looks easy to make!
     
  12. OskarDoLittle

    OskarDoLittle Valued Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    109
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    So Mark how did your Thai eggplant go in the end? Mine are flowering at the moment...but I can't tell if any fruiting is occurring as yet. The plants are quite pretty with very cute little purple flowers. I like them roasted and served with a larb style salad. (Love my Thai food :) )
     
  13. OskarDoLittle

    OskarDoLittle Valued Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    109
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Funny how eggplant, which is kinda bland - but still great (imho) - is such a polarising thing...my other half won't eat them at all apparently...so I hide them in things like lasagna (along with a truckload of other veg) and curries. Either he doesn't notice, or doesn't comment on the aubergine, but always says the meal was great. Maybe he's just crazy polite!
     
  14. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    I found the Thai eggplant fruit to be ok but not great...

    Firstly they need to be eaten when just ripe and not left to mature too much because they get woody and full of seed.

    Secondly, they are pretty small so preparing them is a little more finicky than the larger varieties.

    Having said that, it's still a good plant and easier to grow than other eggplants plus it has a good strong frame to be grown without staking.

    My favorite way to prepare and eat eggplant is salted and then lightly grilled in cm wide pieces preserved in oil with garlic.
     
  15. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    338
    Location:
    Pomona, Qld
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Because I like eggplants it reminded me to post some recipes that I used to like making.
    I'm posting them in the recipe section.
    I say 'used to like making' because it turned out to not only be very healthy but also very fattening!
    So I had to stop making these things.
    But for those who never put on weight or can stop at just one, go ahead & fill your faces! ;)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. OskarDoLittle

    OskarDoLittle Valued Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2016
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    109
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Ummm, I thought they were picked a little under ripe and eaten raw, or halved/quartered and chucked into a curry! If the seeds go brown, they're over ripe...it's a bit like eating a squash while the skin and seeds are tender, as opposed to. Letting them mature when the skin hardens up, and the seeds become tough. (I still like them like this...you just dig out the seeds before cooking and use a fork for scrape out the cooked flesh, the way you would for gem squash.) have we got any Thai's or Loatians on the forum?!! Perhaps they could advise !
     
  17. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,382
    Likes Received:
    981
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Oh great! I'm looking forward to seeing then and trying them out :twothumbsup:
    You're absolutely right. Best eaten young yes and very good in curries especially as a thickener.
     
Loading...

Share This Page