Harvesting Eggplants in Home Gardening

  • Harvest 65 to 80 days after transplanting, depending on the variety.

  • The skin of the fruit is shiny and unwrinkled and a uniform color when it is ready for harvest

  • As soon as the skin does not rebound to gentle pressure from your finger, it’s ripe.

  • Japanese eggplant may be ready to harvest when the size of a finger or hot dog

  • Cut the fruit with a sharp knife or pruning shears close to the stem, leaving about an inch of it attached.

  • Once ready, eggplants are harvested at least once per week, preferably twice a week.

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