Outdoor Eggplant 2011

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Planted out my gretel eggplant today, aged 7 weeks. It shares a growbox with aunt molly's ground cherry, and just seeded a zucchini. Which is maybe more than ought to go in one growbox, but... The zucchini will probably be cut down by end of July. And I've no idea how the ground cherry will do. It's not warm enough yet for an eggplant to set fruit, but it has some growing roots to do first, anyway.

  

Harvests:

early indoor/outdoor fairy tale: 59, first May 13 (13.5 weeks) - retired 7/21

gretel: 166, first July 3 (7 weeks from transplant)

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Eggplant still loaded with

Eggplant still loaded with fruit, still flowering a bit. Yesterday I went over the whole garden ripping out fungusy leaves, and spraying with copper fungicide on most plants, including this one. Looks peaked. That's OK. I have had so many eggplant this summer. There's only so many eggplant one person can eat or give away... They're harder to give away than tomatoes and peppers.

 

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Harvested 14 more gretel

Harvested 14 more gretel eggplant this week - total to 35. No question this plant is doing hugely better in the growbox / with Tomatoes Alive! bonus nutes, than it did in a pot on the driveway. Bigger fruit, longer, and lots of them. May do even better now that the ground cherry is removed, but its leaves look a bit fungus and insect peppered. Hasn't changed the fruit at all. Which are buttery delicious, much better than fairy tale. Or any other eggplant I've ever eaten.

 

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Harvested 14 gretel eggplant

Harvested 14 gretel eggplant this week (gave 8 away, made ratatouille with 6), and plenty more on the vine. The potted fairy tale was starting to make a comeback, but I just didn't want any more, so tossed it.

  

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The fairy tale eggplant looks

The fairy tale eggplant looks kinda done for, with serious fungus problems. But gave it some Miracle Gro, and it got new growth, so... Cleaned off all the really yellow leaves, gave new nutes, and drenched with fungicide. Maybe it'll make a comeback. But at nearly 60 eggs picked, it's done well! Gretel eggplant now in full production, and looks great. That growbox got new nutes today, too, since I was doing mid-season replenish on the tomato boxes. But it probably didn't need more nutes.

   

 

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Harvested a dozen eggs last

Harvested a dozen eggs last Sunday, including first gretel! Breaded and fried them all for eggplant parmesan, so not easy to tell the flavor difference, though I'm still sure I like the gretel flavor better. Sure can't fault the little fairy tale for being hard-working, tho! It seems to be dying, and I may let it go, after next harvest.

  

 

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Recipe sounds awesome, thank

Recipe sounds awesome, thank you, Beth!

Well, my local health food store was simply out of tahini that day. And at the supermarket, I'll have to ask. Every place I guessed tahini would be, it wasn't.

Based on the recipe, I'm about 95% sure I'd adore the stuff. I love sesame!

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Hi Gisette,   Nancy does baba

Hi Gisette,

  Nancy does baba ganoush!  Delish!  Heck, WE can get tahini in southern Maryland at the local supernarket - you should be able to find it.  We've got a bumper crop of eggs on the way. Here's the receipe she uses:

3 lbs eggplant, pierced, oiled and roasted at 400 F until soft. Scrape out eggplant innards into a bowl. 

Add:

1/4 cup tahini

1 tsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

salt and pepper

Mix, chill and enjoy!

 

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yay!!! Ratatouille, of

Yay!!!

Ratatouille, of course!

Roasted veggies - yummm...

Quick tomato-caper sauce, usually on pasta.

And sauteed eggplant on fresh tomato pizza. Or eggplant sauteed with a chopped tomato, or...

The recipe section is over here.

I really wanted to try making baba ganoush (sp?) while I had gobs of eggplant and no tomatoes , but couldn't find any tahini for sale! Now my fairy tale eggplant is dying before the tomatoes come in... With this week's haul, I ended up breading and frying a pile of little eggplants, eating what I could (like, 4), and storing the rest in the freezer. Once you have breaded fried eggplant slices - frozen - eggplant parmesan sandwiches are easy. We really liked the Indian battered fried eggplant before, so I added extra Indian spices into the breading flour - pretty good. Didn't clash too badly with store-bought Sicilian caper-eggplant pasta sauce.

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OK - I've got tomatoes and
OK - I've got tomatoes and eggplant - receipe please?

 

 

 

 

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Probably ought to hack back

Probably ought to hack back the ground cherry to give the gretel eggplant more room. But not feeling very eggplant-deprived. I want tomatoes to cook with the eggplant... But not likely to get them another few weeks.

  

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