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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Looks like a squash but is actually eggplant.

Mystery eggplant is edible, sweet, delicious

Eggplants are slow-growing, and take about 3 months to mature from seed to mature plant. I started harvesting eggplant in July but now the plants have reached their prime and are producing a lot of fruit.

Now that the fruit has arrived, I am finding that I have eggplant growing in my garden and I really don't know what type they are. All I know is that they are edible, sweet, and delicious.

I started the eggplants by seeds from a pack of Burpee's eggplant garden medley. The pack said "Rainbow blend of unique eggplants contains 25% of each: Applegreen, Rosa Bianca, Millionaire Hybrid, and Snowy Hybrid."

None of the eggplants matches what these eggplants are suppose to look like. I have what appears to be Snowy eggplant only it is big and pear shaped compared to narrow and long as shown on the package. The two types of purple eggplants that don't resemble the Millionaire and Rosa Bianca. Finally there are plants producing long green eggplants that are definitely not Applegreen.

Looking up long green eggplant has helped me to narrow the possibilities to some sort of green Asian eggplant or a Louisiana long green eggplant. If I didn't see this fruit growing on an eggplant I would have guessed it to be some sort of squash.

Please don't think that I am complaining. It all tastes wonderful, and this hot summer produced a bumper crop of eggplant.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)