It not only varies in name and color and also in shape and size. Egg-shaped, oval, elongated, rounded, bell-shaped, baby fingers, drop, snake shaped, spiral are few of its variations. Fruit can be as small as a grape and as long as 16 inches. In some regions eggplants weighing as much as 2 pounds are also grown.
Growing Eggplants is a rewarding practice. This vegetable loves hot temperatures and is excellent choice for our region. Seeds are planted ½ inch deep and soil is kept moist. It is better to grow it as seedlings and latter transplant it once true leaves emerge. Distance between plants should be 16 inches and row spacing should be 24 inches. Eggplants are as easy to grow as tomatoes and peppers in pots as well. For growing them in container a terracotta pot of 12 inches or bigger is ideal.
Besides being an excellent source of dietary fibers, vitamin B1, B6, potassium, magnesium and folic acid, this vegetable is packed with nutrients that help in reducing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension and aids in controlling diabetes. It is also interesting to note that an eggplant contains as much nicotine as a cigarette!
With countless health benefits, diversity of colors, rage of shapes and sizes, and a fascinating history, eggplants are definitely now one of my favorite crops!
We planted eggplants at our vegetable patch in our school ( Dawood Public School) to experiment growing it. It been a huge success and next year our students will definitely be growing these.
You can easily grow eggplants and taste what all these people have been enjoying since ages. Trust me; you are going to love it when those purple flowers will turn into stunning, shinny dark purple vegetables.