Gardening question.

Can anyone tell me when eggplants are ready to be picked? The ones i have right now are shiny and purple, but quite small, perhaps three or four inches long. I have never seen an eggplant that small, but they look ripe. Do I wait for them to get bigger, or are they ready now?

You don’t mention your location or gardening zone but up north here, that’s about as big as ours get. Give some a try.

Whaaa? You let them get that big WITHOUT KILLING THEM?

Don’t you know that eggplants are {b]evil**? {{shudder}}

Mine start out purple, and get bigger over the course of about a month, then stop growing.