Aug 29, 2016

When to Harvest Eggplant + Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Tips for harvesting eggplants and a delicious recipe for Eggplant Parmesan.

When you first grow a garden there are many lessons that you learn. We already had to deal with a caterpillar and stink bug infestations and garden placement. I wouldn't have thought we'd have so many questions about when to harvest our plants.

We had some eggplant that we harvested earlier and it was delicious. Hubby made eggplant Parmesan with it and it was the best that we have ever made. So we were really excited for more eggplant.

At some point we had two of them that turned an orange color. We weren't sure what that meant. We kept wondering if it would turn back purple or what was going on. Well apparently eggplant turns orange once it is overripe and unfortunately tastes bitter.

harvest eggplant
Orange Eggplant- Overripe and Bitter
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We learned that you cannot pick eggplant too early. When it is a good size and the skin is still shiny purple it is good to eat. If it starts getting dull, pick it quick. If it turns orange, you might as well pull it and start over.

Even though we lost those two, we thankfully had 3 others which we were able to pick and eat! Here is the recipe that Hubby uses to make his Eggplant Parmesan.

Hubby's Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant, sliced
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt, to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan
olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan to fry

Heat olive oil in pan
Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch thick rounds
Mix the bread crumbs, salt and Parmesan together.
Coat the eggplant in egg and then the breadcrumb mixture
Fry in heated olive oil

Serve with pasta and marinara sauce.

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Tips for harvesting eggplants and a delicious recipe for Eggplant Parmesan.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. We planted egg plant for the first time this year and we are ready to harvest them soon. I am not an egg plant fan but my hubby is! If you would like we have a blog hop Wed-Sun and we would enjoy if you came over and share this!

  2. Yum, I ama huge eggplant lover. We have lots of them in the summer and they are so tasty. I love making this recipe. It fools the kids into eating eggplant. I also make an eggplant dip, I don't know if you have ever heard of that.

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