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what is this vegetable?

Philadelphia, PA

My neighbor gave these to me because he actually thought they were brussel sprouts....

What are they, please?


This message was edited Oct 27, 2012 8:34 PM

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Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Eggplant maybe Kermit or some other Thai variety.

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

Are they normally that seedy or was this picked to old?

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm going to look in the DG plant files to make sure. But the seeds were what made me sure it was an Eggplant. They look like pepper or tomato seeds,and those 3 seeds look a like. Doug- I'm not sure but I would say "yes" that they were picked too old for eating but at the right time or a little early to save seeds.

I grow eggplant bc it's interesting looking. And the Thai green types sell like crazy.

Flameout-do you have any idea what the plant looked like? How are you doing with the storm?

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I googled "green stripped"eggplants. I think its Thai Green Round but there're many to choose from. Eggplants need to be way past ripe to be harvested for viable seeds, which could account for the large seeds.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Now I have question, how could I tell, right away, that it wasn't a BS?

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

BS look like mini cabbages- a tiny tite pack of rounded leaves clump

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

That's true. I guess what I was trying to point out is that BS don't have seeds in them. They are a vegetable and the plant goes to seed but we don't eat the part that has seeds. Eggplant is technically a fruit so the seeds are in the part that we eat. Strawberries have seeds on the outside so they are a fruit too.

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, Melon, Watermelon and cucumbers are fruit also. I suppose corn. peas, and beans are too.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

peanuts, peas, beans are legumes. corn is a grass

Durhamville, NY(Zone 5b)

From Botany on line
"(1) (botany) The seed-bearing structure in angiosperms formed from the ovary after flowering. "

So beans and peas and peanuts are definitely fruit and an ear of corn is a few hundred individual fruits

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

The seed is fruit. Root, corms, etc

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

Yes, Doug that's how it is. I was just messing around and trying to point out that most of the veggies we grow and eat are really fruit. A fruit is the seed bearing part of the plant, that's how I knew that picture wasn't a BS. Eggplant, cukes, and beans are picked (I'm sure there are others) when they are beyond eating stage if you want viable seeds.

Lettuce is a veggie because it "bolts". It flowers then produces seeds. We eat it before it gets to that point.

Maidstone, Australia

that is an Eggplant Thai Green

A variety of Asian eggplant that can range in shape from long and thin to round and stocky. The Thai eggplant may be white, green, or purple in color. They have a deliciously sweet and slightly bitter meaty flesh, tender skin, and may be seedless, which makes seedless varieties highly desirable for numerous recipes.

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