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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Jul 29, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Rita,
Thank you for your kind remarks. I'm certainly going to look into those Park's Whopper seeds.

I've grown the Beatrice eggplants before, too. She's a medium size purple and cream streaked fruit. I grew her in honor of my DEx's great Aunt Beatrix, the tiny Canadian-born pastry chef who was (at the time) the only female member of the Rutger's University President's cooking staff.

Feisty lil' woman. And, BOY, could she cook!!!

These are the first Beatrice eggplants I grew. They were in my homemade eBuckets, and did very well. Small enough to grow comfortably in a 5-gal eBucket.
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This is my prize Black Beauty. Ain't she a "beaut?" This was my very first eggplant, ever!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 29, 2016 9:42 AM CST
Gymgirl said:Rita,
Thank you for your kind remarks. I'm certainly going to look into those Park's Whopper seeds.

I've grown the Beatrice eggplants before, too. She's a medium size purple and cream streaked fruit. I grew her in honor of my DEx's great Aunt Beatrix, the tiny Canadian-born pastry chef who was (at the time) the only female member of the Rutger's University President's cooking staff.

Feisty lil' woman. And, BOY, could she cook!!!

These are the first Beatrice eggplants I grew. They were in my homemade eBuckets, and did very well. Small enough to grow comfortably in a 5-gal eBucket.
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This is my prize Black Beauty. Ain't she a "beaut?" This was my very first eggplant, ever!
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I think eggplants are very rewarding to grow. And very nice that you grew that one in honor of your aunt.

Your Black Beauty is a really nice one.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 29, 2016 5:01 PM CST
All of your pictures are making me hungry for them. I have babies now, one is about like a fist size, so it won't be long. The Patio egg plant has many small ones I don't know how large they will get the plant is small I'll have to pick the largest one and see if it's mature enough to eat.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 29, 2016 5:17 PM CST


Eggplant Amethyst Hybrid.
Link at tomato growers supply.
http://www.tomatogrowers.com/A...

These are truly striking in that vivid strong pink purple color. Nice compact plant sets lots of eggplants.
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Jul 29, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Hey, Gymgirl--do those Beatrice eggplants stay small? I'd love to find some alternatives to my Fairy Tale. I wasn't overly impressed with Rosa Bianca or or Listada de Gandia. I keep coming back to the Fairy Tale......
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 29, 2016 6:22 PM CST
mom2goldens said:Hey, Gymgirl--do those Beatrice eggplants stay small? I'd love to find some alternatives to my Fairy Tale. I wasn't overly impressed with Rosa Bianca or or Listada de Gandia. I keep coming back to the Fairy Tale......


I have never tried Listada de Gandia but I absolutely HATED Rosa Bianca. HATED IT!!!!

Hardly any fruit, ugly to boot and just generally a dud.
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Jul 29, 2016 6:24 PM CST
I didn't think the Rosa Bianca tasted that good--it performed OK, but not nearly as well as Fairy Tale.
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cybrczch
Jul 29, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Tonight's supper: Eggplant Parmesan



Casper eggplant, started indoors, set out just in time to get battered by hail. Grew out of it nicely. I thought I had grown these years ago, but I must have the eggplant confused, these are longer, the ones I grew were more Black Beauty shaped.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 29, 2016 8:22 PM CST
cybrczch said:Tonight's supper: Eggplant Parmesan



Casper eggplant, started indoors, set out just in time to get battered by hail. Grew out of it nicely. I thought I had grown these years ago, but I must have the eggplant confused, these are longer, the ones I grew were more Black Beauty shaped.


Like those!! Thumbs up
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cybrczch
Jul 29, 2016 8:48 PM CST
cybrczch said:Tonight's supper: Eggplant Parmesan



Casper eggplant, started indoors, set out just in time to get battered by hail. Grew out of it nicely. I thought I had grown these years ago, but I must have the eggplant confused, these are longer, the ones I grew were more Black Beauty shaped.


And now the final result:

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 29, 2016 8:50 PM CST
cybrczch said:

And now the final result:

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Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling

I just love eggplant parm. Thumbs up
Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Jul 29, 2016 9:46 PM CST
Mom2golden,
The Beatrice I grew got no larger than a small grapefruit. The plant was pretty compact. Pick them often, at their peak. These do get bitter as they get older.
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cybrczch
Jul 30, 2016 6:33 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:

Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling

I just love eggplant parm. Thumbs up


I tried a new recipe, usually I don't like how greasy some can be when the eggplants are fried, but this one had the eggplant slices breaded (flour - egg - crumb) and baked before assembling. Besides the eggplant, the tomato sauce, garlic and basil in the sauce all from my garden (2015 harvest of tomatoes). Next time I'd use more sauce, but it was very good and not greasy. Using 2% cheese also helped keep down the greasiness.

Next one I harvest, I'll probably make baba ghanoush with.
Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Jul 30, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I tried 3 times today to post my smoked eggplant dip recipe that someone requested--but I'm having some weird PC problems and I lost my posting 3 times. Sigh.....

Perhaps I'll try again tomorrow when I'm less frustrated.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 30, 2016 6:57 PM CST
mom2goldens said:I tried 3 times today to post my smoked eggplant dip recipe that someone requested--but I'm having some weird PC problems and I lost my posting 3 times. Sigh.....

Perhaps I'll try again tomorrow when I'm less frustrated.


Oh dear!!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Jul 30, 2016 6:58 PM CST
cybrczch said:

I tried a new recipe, usually I don't like how greasy some can be when the eggplants are fried, but this one had the eggplant slices breaded (flour - egg - crumb) and baked before assembling. Besides the eggplant, the tomato sauce, garlic and basil in the sauce all from my garden (2015 harvest of tomatoes). Next time I'd use more sauce, but it was very good and not greasy. Using 2% cheese also helped keep down the greasiness.

Next one I harvest, I'll probably make baba ghanoush with.


Well, I would just go for the eggplant parm as that is one dish that I just love.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 1, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Eggplant Parmesan is on my menu for tomorrow night! Someone on here put me on to grilling the egg plant rather then frying it. That turned out to be really nice too. Cybrczch that looks yummy!

It's a Black Beauty

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 1, 2016 7:05 PM CST
tveguy3 said: Eggplant Parmesan is on my menu for tomorrow night! Someone on here put me on to grilling the egg plant rather then frying it. That turned out to be really nice too. Cybrczch that looks yummy!

It's a Black Beauty



And it's a really nice one!!

OOOOO, eggplant parm. Such a yummy dish.
Name: Cybrczch
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cybrczch
Aug 1, 2016 8:16 PM CST
tveguy3 said:
It's a Black Beauty


Looks good! Drooling
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 8, 2016 1:44 PM CST
Wow, surprised that none of us had anything to say about our eggplants since August 1st!!

Mine were awesome this season, I was very pleased. We had a hot summer and during that heat I watered everyday. The eggplants seemed to love it.

My plants went in a section of garden that used to be a perennial flower bed but I moved out the flowers and re located them. At first I thought maybe plant tomatoes there but that would have looked horrible. The eggplants turned out to be the perfect choice. They are pretty enough that you don't mind looking at them there near the back door.

Cool night now so I am simply waiting for the few not yet ready to pick fruits to get bigger. Then I will pick and pull the plants.

I have thought I might start my own plants from seed next season. I like so many that I see seeds for but can't buy plants. But I simply can't start everything and need to focus on my tomatoes and peppers. I guess I will only have the common eggplants next season that I find for sale in the spring.

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