Re: [gardeners] eggplant bitterness

George Shirley (
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 10:40:32 -0500

Jane: I've started all my eggplant from seed for several years. In my climate I
put two seeds to a 4 inch pot in mid-January and usually set them out by late
March, early April. Occasionally one will die but most live and produce until
we, literally, get tired of eggplant. I picked 8 fruit yesterday and will be
making a large moussaka for freezing. I generally do the whole thing but the
eggs and bechamel sauce and then vacuum seal the casserole (aluminum) and
freeze. When I get ready to eat one I thaw in the fridge, add the eggs and sauce
and finish baking. My recipe, which I think I posted last year, is from a
cookbook called "Greek Cookings" I bought in Athens in 1985. A real hoot to read
and then have to look up some of the ingredients.


Jane Burdekin wrote:
> Now I can hardly wait, I have 8 eggplants in my garden this year, 5 I grew
> from seed and 3 I bought as plants because I don't usually have much luck
> growing from seed.  All are looking pretty good this year and I hope to have
> a good crop.  All these recipies look great.  Thanks.
> Jane
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> Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 10:42 PM
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> Subject: [gardeners] eggplant bitterness
> << Eggplant, can, indeed, be bitter, if it is not salted and rinsed,  >>
> Try the Oriental varieties such as Filipino Lavender or Neelamlong NOT ever
> bitter!  Also there is a difference in the bitterness of male and female
> eggplants.  Look at the bottom to differentiate.
> Mary-Anne