For the past few years I have grown eggplant pretty successfully with minimal effort. In our climate it grows without supplementary watering, is generally resistant to pests and vagaries of the weather and, most importantly, the fruit mature gradually and I don’t end up with a massive glut of produce.
It is definitely a crop worth growing as they are generally $6.95/kg at our greengrocer.
I think eggplant are quite underrated. Here are some of my favourite dishes that I have made recently.
Roasted eggplant slices on a vegetarian pizza.
Ready to pop in the oven to roast.
The finished pizza.
Eggplant and Bean Curry
Sauteed eggplant and some leftover spicy chicken with a bit of tamari and served with cauliflower in cheese sauce. There is no photo of this one.
Eggplant often does not look particularly spectacular but I think it is definitely worth trying.