How to freeze vegetables fruit and other surprising things. Eggplants have a reputation as troublesome to grow and unpleasant to eat but neither is deserved.
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Garden eggplant. Sun ripened flavors and healthy nutrients can be prolonged with freezing. Start your eggplant inside right around april 1st. The culture of eggplant is similar to that of bell pepper with transplants being set in the garden after all danger of frost is past.
The garden eggs like the common eggplant must be harvested at just the moment when the fruits have developed full size and still remain firm to touch. Eggplant is a cold sensitive vegetable that requires a long warm season for best yields. If you haven t already done so turn under the green manures in the beds where you ll want to grow your summer crops corn squash cucumbers.
Given their tropical and subtropical heritage eggplants do require relatively high temperatures similar to tomatoes and peppers which like eggplants are in the nightshade family. Stop by today and enjoy family style dining and fresh italian food at our local restaurants. If you started broccoli or cauliflower indoors in february move it to the garden.
You can still start tomatoes and peppers but you d better hurry. Prompt picking also increases fruit set and boosts overall yields. Space transplants in the vegetable garden 18 inches 46 cm from each other and in rows that are 36 inches 91 cm apart.
Eggplant solanum melongena grows wild in its homeland of south asia as a perennial plant though these warm season vegetables are treated by most gardeners as annuals. Hand breaded eggplant lightly fried and topped with marinara and melted mozzarella. I personally find it odd that many people don t like eggplant.
Eggplant produces very well and over a long period. Eggplants are slightly larger plants than peppers and are spaced slightly farther apart. With the right conditions and in the hands of the right cook anyone can enjoy eggplant from the garden to the plate.
If they are left to mature the skin turns dull the flesh spongy and the seeds turn hard and dark. Eggplant grown in temperate climates fares better when transplanted into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Knowing where to plant eggplant is important.
Eggplant transplants can go out in the garden once temperatures stay reliably above 50 degrees f. Eggplant prefers hot weather and when grown in cold climates or in areas with low humidity the plants languish or fail to set and produce mature fruit. I think it s because it s often improperly cooked.
But there s an art in knowing what and how to freeze fruits veggies and everything from milk to herbs to eggs. Served with a side of spaghetti.