I’ve thought long and loose about which seed would get my vote for the 2011 One Seed Chicago seed competition and I tell ya, it was close. For those not yet in the loop or not in Chicago, the three contenders are:
- Swiss chard
Well, radish just wasn’t in the running for me for several reasons: I don’t ever crave radish, not that many great recipes beyond salads use it, and well, sometimes it’s even too spunky for the SnarkyVegan.
So then I had to look at Swiss chard. I do like Swiss chard and it is arguable a powerhouse of nutrition. But. I can’t get my husband to eat it and it’s really just a big green leaf with a variety of colored stems. Nothing awesome in the way of varieties like radishes or eggplants. So that pretty much does it for me.
Eggplant gets my vote because it does everything I want:
- Tons of colorful varieties and not all of them are purple.
- Lots of sizes, shapes and flavors.
- Incredibly versatile for recipes.
- And my fave, when roasted slowly and foreeeeever with a little olive oil, it takes on a whole other level of caramelly, smokey yumminess that neither the radish nor the chard can pull off. It has the ability to become something entirely different and work with the flavors surrounding it.
To prove my point about variety, here are a few selections from two of my favorite seed vendors, Cubits and Seed Saver’s Exchange:
And these are just a FEW of the eggplant options available. I’m also growing Turkish Orange, White egg and Black egg varieties.
So you can see how eggplant has both the wide varieties of radishes AND the versatility of Swiss chard. The best of both worlds! Which is of course what I had in mind for the unofficial #teamEggplant logo (feel free to snag this logo and use for promoting #teameggplant or oneseedchicago.com):
A couple of smaller sizes in case you need them:
January 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm
The striped togo is so cool! Thanks again for making the logo!!
January 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm
Ok, you’ve convinced me. I’m taking you badge and rooting for the eggplant!
January 22, 2011 at 9:24 am
Ok… you’ve shown me that there are some really cool eggplants out there. But I can’t change my vote can I?
January 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
Oh, how I wish I could vote! I wanted eggplant from the beginning, for just the reasons you state. I’m going to grow some anyway, even if it doesn’t win and even if I don’t live in Chicago.
January 22, 2011 at 11:21 am
Forget the Packers/Bears rivalry. It’s all about Chard vs Eggplant.
January 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Monica, I love those multicolored striped ones,they’re soo pretty.
Thanks for supporting the eggplant and for supplying the Cubits photos!
I don’t know how you’d change your vote. Probably have to contact MrBrownThumb. I’m sure your family could vote though?
I wish you lived here.
We got game colors yeah baby! Lots of colors: purple, white, red, orange, green, yellow, lavender, pink…
It is amazing how into the voting everyone is this year! We may even label our seed swap tables after the three teams just for fun.
January 23, 2011 at 10:17 am
Finally, a champion for the eggplant! Hoorah!
August 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm
The striped Togo (or toga) looks cool but is not very tasty. My husband planted them because of the cute factor. They are really cute, but are seedy, have little flesh and are kinda bitter.