Vegetable Gardening with Container Eggplants

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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The personal-size fruits of Little Prince container eggplant measure only 3-4 inches long for a different eggplant experience. 
Small-space gardeners will appreciate the compact floral beauty of Little Prince container eggplants.
The personal-size fruits of Little Prince container eggplant measure only 3-4 inches long for a different eggplant experience. Click To Enlarge

The personal-size fruits of 'Little Prince' container eggplant measure only 3-4 inches long for a different eggplant experience. 

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Ever since I read the statistics on eggplant consumption in this country, I've been on a mission to increase the eggplant quota.

It shouldn't be too difficult, considering the annual per-person eggplant consumption in the U.S. is only one pound. One pound!

In many other countries around the world, the annual average is about 100 pounds.

Perhaps it's because many people think all eggplants look and taste like the big purple ovals found at supermarkets. But there's a big world of eggplants out there that deserve to be enjoyed, like long, curved Asian varieties or small round green eggplants. 

A new favorite in my garden is an eggplant called 'Little Prince.' This eggplant is meant to grow in containers or small-space gardens. Renee's Garden sent free seeds for me to trial in my patio garden and I'm happy with the results.

The plants I'm growing are about two feet tall with gorgeous purple flowers. The little fruits are just getting to the right size for picking. By right size, I mean about 3-4 inch shiny purple ovals. 

These personal size fruits will be fun to cook with. I'm planning on slicing some for a chilled eggplant caponata appetizer recipe with onion, celery, tomatoes, olives and capers. I'm also looking forward to slicing in half, grilling and serving as a quick vegetable dish with rice.

Judging from the number of lovely lavender flowers on each plant, there should be plenty of eggplants to enjoy. Just like larger varieties of eggplant, the plants are most productive when fruits are harvested while the skin is still shiny.

Pint-sized eggplants like these join the growing crowd of personal-size vegetable varieties meant for smaller gardens. Gardeners with limited growing space will find 'Little Prince' an edible ornamental fit for a king-size garden.


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