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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2016 10:08 AM CST
I bought two eggplant plants last spring.
Japanese Longs and a white one I don't have a name for.
The white eggplants are yellow toward the bottom of the plant and white near the top of the plant.
Is the yellowing OK ?
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 15, 2016 10:09 AM CST
May be age- my FairyTale eggplants reached way too big and yellowed. They may need harvested sooner.
kitt
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2016 10:15 AM CST
There are clusters of small yellow ones at the base of the plant, not mature enough to pick.
Do you think it might be too much shade from leaf cover ?
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 15, 2016 10:17 AM CST
You have no memory of which ones they are? Can you add a picture? They like sun.
kitt
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Here are some pix just now
Harvested this morning
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Full plant. These are in an Earthbox on the deck and get full sun . Plants are huge.

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Yellow eggplants growing at the base of the plant.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 15, 2016 11:02 AM CST
The white eggplants should be harvested while white...before they turn yellow. Size of fruit does not matter. Cut open a yellow one and check the seeds. If allowed too long on the plant the eggplant are more bitter tasting.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2016 11:06 AM CST
Thanks Greene, I forgot to ask if they were still edible if yellow.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 15, 2016 11:17 AM CST
Still edible, yes. If you want to remove the bitterness you can thinly slice the eggplant, salt liberally, allow to drain. Rinse off the salt and cook your using your favorite recipe.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 15, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Thanks yes I have cooked eggplant before, just never grown these smaller varieties.
I LOVE the Japanese Longs. Thin skin and sweet and tender.
When all is said I think I will harvest as many yellow ones as possible and make Ratatouille.
I have been making Eggplant Gratine with the white ones.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 15, 2016 3:48 PM CST
I love growing the white eggplants, and my experience was the same as Kat's - if I left them too long on the plant they would gradually turn yellow. Better to harvest an immature one than to let them stay on the plant too long.
Elaine

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