black beauty eggplant

njitgradAugust 26, 2013

It seemed like my largest black beauty wasn't getting any larger so I picked it. This was the first one to harvest.

Why does it not look like its supposed to? I expected it to be longer (rather than rounder) and a deeper purple color to it.

How do I know if its ripe or not? There are others growing but I don't know if they'll make it as far as this one did.

Almost looks like a purple pumpkin.

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CaraRose

Eggplant are best when unripe. You should pick them while they're still glossy. Once they start to lose the gloss and turn a bit more dull and matte, they're ripe and are going to be a bit seedy and probably a little bitter. Yours is probably ripe and past peak. I find they still work really well in pasta sauces, less good for a straight forward saute.

Shape can be variable. That's totally normal.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:47AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Agree with CaraRose,
The one in the first pic is probably way over done. It is supposed to be BLACK( or dark purple) not brown. Probably it has mature seeds and the flesh is too spongy. .

The second one, colorwise , seems to be ok.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 6:03AM
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njitgrad

its the same one, in different lighting

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 1:30PM
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gjcore

I usually pick my eggplants when they get no bigger circumference than a softball.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 7:48PM
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