{ Solanum Melongena; Eggplant }


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About Aurel

Aurel's regal colour, soft, broad leaves, and pretty purple blooms make him a strong choice even before we get down to his real appeal: his flavourful fruit. As part of the nightshade family, he's a cousin to tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers - all of whom he tastes fantastic with. Technically, he's a berry (honestly, who knew?!) but he tends to roll with more savoury foods.

Beloved by home cooks and chefs for his spongy texture which easily soaks up oodles of flavour, having Aurel in your garden is about to seriously up your culinary clout. Homemade Baba Ghanoush, anyone?

Quick Facts:

Botanical name: Solanum melongena

Nicknames: Aubergine, Eggplant

Plant type: Perennial nightshade fruit / Outdoor

Toxic?: Non-toxic; can cause mild stomach upset if eaten raw

Current height: 50-60cm

Nursery Pot: 14cm

Pro level: Medium

How to care for Aurel

The basics

Make sure Aurel gets lots of sun and water, especially in the summer.

Keep his soil well-drained. For best results, mix two-parts potting soil (like our multi-purpose compost) with one-part drainage material.

Pick his fruit when they're about 6 inches in length or have turned from dull to shiny. Use a knife or secateurs rather than twisting the aubergine off the branch, as this can cause damage.

If you're keeping him in a container, make sure it's the right size. The right home is key to Aurel thriving or not. He can stay in his nursery pot for a while, but as he grows he'll need a pot that grows with him. Take a look at our large outdoor pots to choose one that suits (opting for a bigger pot is a good idea as Aurel loves to spread out his roots and will grow better for it).

Going the extra mile

When transferring him out of his nursery pot, add a handful of fertiliser to the new soil.

If you keep him in a garden bed, try to plant him at least 18 inches away from other plants.

Newer aubergines are sweetest, so pick them as soon as they look ready. Left on the branch longer, they'll lose flavour and get more bitter

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