Gourmet Food Source
Best known as a staple of the Mediterranean diet, aubergines are commonly used in Indian, Caribbean and South-East Asian cookery.
Also known as eggplant and pea aubergine they are a versatile vegetable that varies in shape, size and colour.
How to Grow
Aubergines grow best in a greenhouse or polytunnel where consistent high temperatures and humidity are required for plenty of fruit. Sow the seeds in trays in early spring in a warm place or propagator. I pot mine on into three-inch pots and then into grow bags in the polytunnel. Make sure the plants are supported and water regularly. Like chillies, the flowering heads benefit from a light spray of water to encourage pollination. I leave four fruits on each plant and check regularly for dead leaves. Harvest the fruits when the skin is shiny, avoid touching the green leaf and stem, which is unpleasant to the touch.
How to Cook
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