If you are starting a garden this year then you might want to make sure you the best time to harvest your plants. In this economy, growing a garden can be a very profitable and very budget-friendly. One of the best vegetables you can plant in your garden is eggplant, but a lot of people are unsure of when to pick them. Picking an eggplant is really easy and it is all a matter of your personal preference. If you are going to be planting eggplant then you might want to read this guide on how to pick them at the right time.
1. Deciding on when to pick your eggplant will come down to a couple of different factors which are size and the shine. A good time to pick eggplant is when it is a little bigger than your hand and still young. You also want the eggplant to be tender when you pick it but it should not be so soft your finger can poke a hole through the skin. If you pick the eggplant while it is still young, it will actually make the plant grow more. Picking an eggplant does not mean you have to wait until they are long like you see in the grocery store.
2. The shine also has to be perfect on the eggplant before you should pick it. You want to make sure that the eggplant has a nice shine to it and it looks a little reflective in the light. If you hold the eggplant up to the light, you should notice it is very shiny which is how to determine whether it is ready or not.
3. When you have found a good eggplant to pick, you want to grasp it carefully with one hand and raise it up a little. You want to get a good look at both the size of it and the shine before you decide to pick it from the plant. When you are going to pick up the eggplant you want to be careful because some of the varieties have small thorns on them that might cut you. Usually the thorns will be on the top of the eggplant or around the stem area, so be on the lookout for this.
4. Grasp the eggplant and raise it up, then cut the eggplant at the stem using scissors. Make sure the scissors are sharp because the stems might be thick and hard to cut, especially with dull scissors. You do not want to pull or twist the eggplant from the stems because it can damage it and leave your plant in horrible condition. You could also use shears to cut the eggplant from the stem if you think this would be a better option for you.
Picking an eggplant is just that simple and before you know it, you will have picked a whole bunch of them to store for later in the year. Growing your own eggplant is much better than buying one in the store because they will be fresher with a better taste. Eggplant is good in many different dishes and can often be used in soup or as a garnish for summer meals. It also does not matter if the eggplant has spots or wrinkles on it since you will just be peeling off the skin anyways. If an eggplant has these spots or wrinkles then they are still good to eat, but they will be a little riper than others. The time to pick your eggplant will depend on what you decide, because everyone likes their eggplant a different way. If you follow this easy guide then you will be able to successfully determine when the best time to pick them is for you.