Growing Eggplants - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Eggplants

  • Medicinal- Eggplants are high in polyphenols which may help cells do a better job of processing sugar if you have diabetes. Eggplants also contain several substances that show potential in fighting cancer cells
  • Nutritional Profile - Vitamin A,K,C, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.
  • Use in: Soups, stews, baked, fried, stuffed, curries, pickled.
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Growing Instructions 


Sun Exposure: Full sun.
Soil: Eggplants are moderate feeders and do well in very fertile soil with pH level of 5.5 to 6.8. Apply compost and well-rotted manure along with bonemeal.
Moisture: Even moisture is essential while the seed is germinating. Eggplant prefer consistent moisture. The most critical time for water is when fruit is developing.
Planting: Seeds must be started indoors 8-10 weeks prior to last frost. Germination is slow (up to 2 weeks). Gradually harden off seedlings, but do not allow temperature to go below 15 degrees C.
Spacing: Plant 1 eggplant per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  Or plant in rows 18 inches apart.
Sow seeds: Sow 1⁄4 inch deep.



Harvest anytime after the fruit reaches half of their size. Harvesting early prevents fruit from becoming too seedy and will encourage more production from the plants.


When stored at room temperature, eggplants will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Do not seal in bags or containers - A sealed plastic bag without any perforations restricts the airflow leading to moisture condensation. As a result, the eggplants lose freshness at a much faster rate. Eggplants can be frozen, pickled or fermented.


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