All About Growing Eggplant

Learn all about growing eggplant, including the best eggplant varieties, how to prevent pests, growing eggplant in containers and simple tips for cooking baba ghanouj and caponata.

| December 2012/January 2013

  • Eggplant Illustration
    Eggplant may be purplish-black, white or all shades in between — some eggplant varieties even bear orange or green fruit.
    Illustration By Keith Ward
  • Eggplant In Kitchen Illustration
    Become a culinary star by learning how to cook eggplant in caponata, ratatouille and baba ghanouj.
    Illustration By Keith Ward

  • Eggplant Illustration
  • Eggplant In Kitchen Illustration

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Growing eggplant is easy where summers are long and warm. Where summers are short, varieties that mature quickly and produce medium to small fruits can easily be grown in containers. If you grow peppers, you can grow eggplant. The fruits may be purplish-black, white or all shades in between — some varieties even bear orange or green fruits. 

Eggplant Varieties to Try

Eggplant varieties differ in size, shape, color, growth habit and even maturation time.

Oval to oblong eggplants produce the large, oval-shaped, purplish-black eggplants seen in most supermarkets. Most varieties produce best in warm climates.



Japanese eggplants mature faster than oval eggplants, producing numerous long, slender fruits.

Small-fruited eggplants are the best type for compact spaces. Some varieties produce fruits in attractive clusters which may be green, white, lavender or purple.

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