Who knew: The perennial eggplant
I’m definitely going to set in some eggplant (aubergine) plants this spring. I had no idea that, in our climate, the eggplant is a perennial rather than an annual and can grow above 5 feet high! In fact, the eggplant doesn’t hit its production stride until its third year (you folks in colder climes lose out) and can live up to 20 years! Obviously, I’m going to have to choose the aubergine location carefully. I knew that the eggplant was a member of the nightshade family, along with potatoes and tomatoes but I didn’t know that it is most closely related to the tobacco plant (also a nightshade member) and that is why the seeds have that bitter cast to the taste! In fact, the seeds actually have nicotine in them. No wonder people in the Middle East are addicted to eggplants.