Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK

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Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« on: September 04, 2020, 07:57 »
Iíd like to try aubergines next year having seen some at the allotment grow them very successfully. Does anyone know if thereís a variety that does particularly well here? I donít have a greenhouse.

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 09:43 »
I have grown Jewel this year and it was in the greenhouse, but didnít seem to like it much in there.  It has been outside for weeks now and has been very productive.

I think your main issue is that aubergines need a long growing season, so you need a plan for starting early with sowing, then having some protected growing space to get them over the spring and early summer period.

They are not cheap, but grafted plants might be the answer.  They are usually mail order and get sent out a bit later than most veg plants.  When I worked at the garden centre, we planted up a display of gyo including one and got a great crop. That was in an area with a roof over it (outdoor selling space for bedding plants) but not inside as such  :)

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2020, 09:25 »
I grow aubergines... I have no idea why they have to be one of the least nutritious things to grow in a veg plot :lol: I suppose they can be made to taste good by adding all sorts of other things to them  and improve the situation .

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2020, 11:21 »
I've grown the standard Black Beauty this year with good success, but that was under cover not outside.

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2020, 19:12 »
I grow aubergines... I have no idea why they have to be one of the least nutritious things to grow in a veg plot :lol: I suppose they can be made to taste good by adding all sorts of other things to them  and improve the situation .

Couldn't agree more! I grow at least one plant every year, with varying degrees of success, but always, always as it comes to harvest time think to myself 'why?'

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2020, 19:22 »
I grow aubergines... I have no idea why they have to be one of the least nutritious things to grow in a veg plot :lol: I suppose they can be made to taste good by adding all sorts of other things to them  and improve the situation .

Couldn't agree more! I grow at least one plant every year, with varying degrees of success, but always, always as it comes to harvest time think to myself 'why?'

To cut aubergines some slack they themselves may be very nondescript but they can bemade to taste really nice by cooking them with other additives, as said. And one of my particular favorites is having them preserved in oil with sun dried tomatoes and herbs I cannot think of a better anti pasta with lovely crusty dense Italian bread ... or at home lovely crusty but much lighter French baguette... and of course moussaka or eggplant Parmigiana ... maybe they are not that bad after all  :lol:   

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2020, 19:23 »
They're a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, fiber, folic acid, potassium, and more. 

Sometimes people are too reliant on too much oil for cooking them.  When we are getting them ready for "eggplant" Parmesan, or vegetable lasagna, we slice into rounds, oil lightly, and cook in the oven on baking sheets before using.
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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2020, 22:32 »
I would say Slim Jim for outdoor UK growing. Smaller fruits so more likelihood you will get something for your trouble.

https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_1810B_aubergine_slim_jim

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2020, 09:55 »
The Jewel I grew this year are mini aubergines. I have a recipe for them where you get the skins charred, peel them off, then flatten the aubergine into a fan shape. You leave the stem and sepals on for this.

Then dip in seasoned beaten egg and shallow fry for 4-5 mins per side. Eat straight away with a hot spicy sauce or a vinegar based dipping sauce.  There is nothing bland or tasteless about this dish  :D
« Last Edit: September 06, 2020, 09:56 by New shoot »

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2020, 14:52 »
Agreed New Shoot, I made a mousakka with my Black Beauties and the aubergine taste cut right through the sauce and was delicious!

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2020, 14:52 »
I have had decent success with the smaller varieties over the allotment. Much p[refer the smaller ones as they last a long time on the plant so don't get a glut or only use half of one.

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2020, 20:24 »
Thanks everyone, Iíve been away for a few days and didnít think aubergines would  evoke so many answers! I agree about longest possible growing season. Iíll start off in feb indoors. My aim is to make a ratatouille exclusively from my own produce in 2021, this year I only had tomatoes, courgettes, garlic and onion.

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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2020, 20:44 »
Don't want to interfere with your plans to grow aubergines next year, but there are lots of recipes for aubergine-free ratatouille available online...  :unsure:
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Re: Is there a best aubergine for growing in the UK
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2020, 21:39 »
Aubergine free ratatouille  :ohmy. Thatís a travesty.  :)



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