I think its one of the best years ever for growing eggplants. We've had more of the Black Bells than usual and of really good size, (above right), look at the sheen on that baby. I wrote about the little Fairy Tales back in July, they are fun but not very productive, and the Rosa Biancas (above left) are just gorgeous.
It helps that David goes out and picks flea beetles off the plants every day- he says it's his meditation time- good thing- I don't have the patience for it. We've been cooking them up into all kinds of yummy dishes like ratatouille and caponata, charring them on the grill to make smokey Baba Ghanouj, sauteing them to top pasta and pizzas. I bought a fresh bottle of canola oil this week as I'm having a serious hankering for fried eggplant. I never fry anything anymore- health you know- but I'm gonna do it and see if I can't satisfy my soul, I'll let you know- I can just imagine the crispy outside, the creamy inside, hope I'm remembering right.