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.

4 responses to “Who knew: The perennial eggplant”

  1. Lynne says :

    There are so many delicious recipes for eggplant, too!

  2. Lynne says :

    Yaeli, check email asap.

  3. Mac says :

    Can’t say as I’ve ever been that wild about eggplant, lol.

    • Lynne says :

      I think it depends on how eggplant is prepared. It’s one of those foods that is very bland and depends on preparation and spices to enhance it’s flavor. A good recipe is essential. Being raised in the South in a family that always had a huge summer garden, I had eggplant prepared in lots of creative and delicious ways. (Perhaps having so many eggplants, they were forced to develop some good recipes!)

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