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How to Grow Eggplant

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Besides the typical purple Globe variety of eggplant, there are also white, pinkish-lavender and striped varieties and long, thin Japanese eggplants
  • Keep your eggplant seed packets, as they often provide everything you need to know regarding planting depth, spacing, how long they take to germinate and how long before harvest
  • Eggplant can be baked, roasted, grilled, stuffed or included in casseroles in easy, delicious ways that are also nutritious
  • Besides vitamins, minerals, folate, potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K and B6, eggplant phytonutrients include anthocyanins, chlorogenic acid and antiproliferative antioxidants

Growing eggplant shouldn’t be intimidating when you’re anticipating spring garden planting. Getting your seeds off to a good start, then tweaking them if needed, will help produce a harvest of nutritious fruit.

That’s what eggplant is, by the way, although many people think eggplants are vegetables. There are many beautiful varieties: large, purple Globe; Rosita, the 8-inch pinkish-lavender heirloom variety; long, thin Japanese eggplants and yellow, green and white-hued varieties with slightly varying flavors.

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