I'll be honest, I don't even like eggplant. Yet, I grow it nearly every year. I am seduced by it's beauty. Those giant deep purple fruits nestled behind the leaves of the plant excite me. For some reason, looking for the eggplant always reminds me of hunting Easter eggs and finding the special golden ones. When I pick them, I put them on the kitchen counter in a place where I can see them from the living room and marvel at their beauty, rearranging them when I walk by like I used to do Christmas presents under the tree. Then reality sets in. What the hell am I gonna do with these? I hate eggplant! While I love sending fresh veggies to work with my husband who gives them away to his veggie loving coworkers, I'm tired of buying fresh, out of season veggies for all the soups I'm making this winter. So in 2011, I'm on a mission to focus on growing what I actually eat. Eggplant, I'll miss you.
Planting with a purpose:
- Stir fry
- Tomatoes (in my garden, these get their own category)
Instead of perusing the seed catalogs, ordering seeds whose description or pictures have seduced me, I'll have my cookbooks by my side, selecting seeds from ingredients used in my favorite recipes. And instead of stressing about cooking everything at the moment it's ripe, I'll focus on perfecting my freezing skills. I never grow carrots because I don't like to eat them raw. Gasp! Yet I continue to buy them at the grocery for soup recipes, lecturing myself the whole way. These are so easy to grow! They don't even take up much space in the garden! God knows where these things even came from! Or what they've been sprayed with! Bad gardener!
Are you guilty of growing veggies you have no intention of eating, too? Or not growing ones you do eat for some dumb reason like me? If so, I'd like to know about it.