... for my eggplants, that is. They have taken quite a while to really take off - maybe because it has not been a very hot summer? - but now they are quite productive. I planted three Indian varieties with seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, namely 'Kashmiri Brinjal', 'Arumugam's Eggplant', and 'Udmalbet'. The Kashmiri variety was for a long time a much stronger grower and started flowering earlier but the first flowers did not set fruit. Eventually the two other varieties, which hail from the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, not only caught up but actually grew into bigger, stockier plants.
The first harvest - 'Kashmiri Brinjal' in light purple at the top, 'Udmalbet' with deep purple stripes, and 'Arumugam's Eggplant' in light green
We used most of these first eggplants in a vegetable chili that turned out quite delicious, and I do think they were more tender and flavorful than store-bought ones. I think I will grow these varieties again next year, although I might also want to try some more varieties. In any case I will sow the seeds a few weeks later than I did this year because while my seedlings developed nicely, they ended up having to wait on the windowsill for the weather outside to warm up for longer than they would have liked.