How to Pick Eggplant


After planting and coaxing along eggplant plants all summer, from the appearance of blossoms to the formation of the vegetables, many gardeners anticipate the eggplant harvest with great eagerness. The mature size of an eggplant varies with the variety; however, other indications of maturity will generally be the same for all eggplant varieties. When the time comes to pick eggplants, head out to the garden with a basket large enough to gather your harvest and bring it into the kitchen.

Step 1

Examine the eggplants to determine maturity. Lift the eggplant in your hand. If the eggplant feels heavy in your hand, this indicates maturity. If the eggplant looks shiny and the skin feels firm, the eggplant is ready to pick.

Step 2

Hold the eggplant in one hand to ensure it does not fall to the ground while you pick it.

Step 3

Clip the eggplant stem approximately 2 inches above the eggplant with the garden shears. Place the eggplant into your basket, and repeat the process to pick every ripe eggplant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never attempt to pull or twist an eggplant from the plant. Due to the thickness of the eggplant stems, you will likely damage the plant by harvesting eggplants in this way.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Garden shears
  • Basket


  • Utah State University: Eggplant in the Garden
  • University of Minnesota Extension: How to Pick, Store, and Sell the Vegetables You Grow
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.