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Choosing and Growing Eggplant

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It's large, it's purple and it's called eggplant? Actually it's only called eggplant in the U.S., although Australians refer to eggfruit and in Africa it's called a garden egg. In its native India, eggplant is known as brinjal and in the Mediterranean area they are known as aubergines.

Americans have never really understood eggplant. We're familiar with the large purple types. In fact, 'American Large Purple' was the name of a popular variety grown in late 19th century America. It took the home gardener and in particular, heirloom and ethnic gardeners, to bring other eggplants into prominence.

Nowadays we are being tempted with fruits that are stripped, splotched or blushed with shades of violet. Some are even long and thin or small and round, in a rainbow of colors including pink, yellow, orange, green and even white. We admire them, but we still don't know what to do with them. We need to get the word out that eggplants have gone beyond parmigiana.

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Egg Shaped EggplantEgg-Shaped EggplantEggplant 'Casper'Eggplant 'Casper'Eggplant 'Hansel'Eggplant 'Hansel'Eggplant 'Machiaw'Eggplant 'Machiaw'
Eggplant 'Rosa Bianca'Eggplant 'Rosa Bianca'Eggplant 'Calliope'Eggplant 'Calliope'Eggplant 'Twinkle'Eggplant 'Twinkle'Eggplant 'Kermit'Eggplant 'Kermit'
Eggplant 'Turkish Orange'Eggplant 'Turkish Orange'
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