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EGGPLANTS

A very diverse, interesting family, and my favorite crop to grow. Eggplant (S. Melongena) originated in India. Delicious fried or baked, great in chili, lasagna, eggplant makes a great vegetarian meat substitute. Plants can be light or dark green, or purple, tiny to very large leaves, some have sharp thorns, some are thornless, many types are very ornamental and beautiful!


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click to see fullsized photo "ROTONDA BIANCA SFUMATA DI ROSA" ITALIAN EGGPLANT- (translates - round white shaded in rose) If you are a fan of Italian cooking or any eggplant dish, then this Italian heirloom beauty is the one for you. Just the sweetest, most delectible and wonderful of all round type eggplants. I got my original seeds for growing my plants directly from Italy. This is so lovely it just takes your breath away. I apologize that I didn't get a better photo of this beauty. I was just so busy this summer that somehow the eggplants didn't get in the queue for my photographs until very late summer when they weren't quite in their glory. By the way, it had huge variance in coloration ranging from almost white to almost deep purple. The colors look like they were airbrushed on. But who cares how lovely this is, it's the taste you want, right? And taste you will get. Each one large one pound or more fruit has a solid white interior and very few seeds. And sweet? Just the sweetest ever with no bitterness at all. Perfect for all your cooking fantasies. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo "BABY" EGGPLANT EARLY !~ First of all, I have no idea why this is called "Baby" as it was a normal sized fruit on a regular sized, 3- 3 1/2 foot tall plant. I was given the original seeds long ago in a seed trade and never had the time to grow them out until this summer. I am sorry for the awful photo here, I just didn't think to get it sooner and these were nearly past gone when I took it. The fruit were also much larger than this example, probably twice as large. This was a very early eggplant for its large size. It averaged 1 pound or more and up and was nearly a month earlier than any others. Nice blocky fruits were a standard deep purple color. Unlike in this awful photo they were nice and glossy and quite attractive. A good choice, I think for a market grower to beat out the competition on earliness. Firm white dense flesh was sweet. Calyx was deep purple too, no spines. So baby yourself this next season and get a nice early eggplant for all your cooking needs. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photo LISTADA DE GANDIA EGGPLANT aka STRIPED GUADALUPE EGGPLANT -(Solanum melongena ) 1850's heirloom Stunning! ~ I found 2 conflicting histories about the origin of this eggplant. Most sources say it hails from southern France but one reputable source said it came from Spain. They all agree it dates back to the 1850's. This is another gorgeous striped type eggplant. I sell several striped varieties but this one is truly lovely. Very thin skin and mild, sweet flesh make this a gourmet's delight. Listada de Gandia wants very hot weather, like in the mid 90's to be truly happy. Well, this summer even my zone 6A Pennsylvania garden had the conditions it wanted and it thrived. Small plants are about 18 inches high and can barely hold the oval 8 inch round fruits. I'm sorry this photo didn't do justice for this beauty. I was just so overloaded with work all summer that by the time I remembered to take pics I had either eaten or saved all the fruits for seeds. This lone straggler was the only one left! If you have the heat this baby is for you! 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photoAFRICAN Burkina Faso ~ RED/ORANGE ~ Eggplant ~ Aubergine Du Burkina Faso- (Solanum Aethiopicum) RARE! VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES- ORDER EARLY!
I just love this mostly ornamental eggplant! This eggplant comes from the western African nation of Burkina Faso, hence its name. It is probably too bitter in taste for most Westerners, although bitterness is prized in Africa and Asia. But if you want a showstopper ornamental eggplant, this is the one to choose. This year my plants were so huge they were 6 to 7 feet tall. When the season was over, Iclick to see fullsized photohad to chop down and saw the plants like tress to remove them from the garden. So be sure to give these lots of room to grow huge. Absolutely covered in large ornamental violet blossoms followed by the exceedingly showy brilliant large red/orange fruit.

We had an unseasonably hot and dry summer which was so hard on so many plants in my garden. But not these African beauties, they were in heaven because it was just like their homeland! As you can see from the photos they really resemble pumpkins. Be the first where you live to grow this incredibly exotic and lovely eggplant.
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"CANNIBAL TOMATO" - Eggplant - (solanum Uporo)- RARE When I saw the name, I just had to have this rare eggplant for my collection. Fruits were borne on a 4 foot tall plant (in zone 6A - I imagine it gets much bigger in the tropics where it grows as a perennial). The little 3" round eggplant fruits ripened from green to a bright, shiny, deep orange color. (Sorry, I totally forgot to take photos of this gorgeous plant). They were very prolific considering how unseasonably cold our summer was here in Amishland. As an added bonus, the leaves supposedly can be cooked as greens but it is the story we want to hear, why it is called “Cannibal Tomato"? This member of the solanum (eggplant) family is native to Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Cook's Island and other islands in the south Pacific. In Fiji, the legend goes that among cannibal tribes, the cannibal's tomato was regarded as the perfect sauce for the consumption of human flesh, although personally I'm not eager to test this out. The fruits are incredibly bitter to our western palate but then again we don't usually like eating our guest of honor either. Interestingly, there is a cannibal story in my family. My (late) uncle-in-law went on a scientific expedition to the New Guinea jungles some thirty years ago, as an expert assisting an adventurous, very rich member of the famous Forbes family. Their entire expedition disappeared. No traces ever were found. Family legend has it they were eaten by cannibals. It's kind of a family joke but then again....who knows for sure? The infamous cannibal tomato sauce definitely came to my mind. Be the first to horrify your gardening pals and serve a "Cannibal Tomato" sauce with the main course at your next cookout. Vegetarians need not attend. 10 of my own fresh organically grown seeds.

click to see fullsized photoRATNAYAKE INDIAN EGGPLANT - RARE! GORGEOUS STRIPES! I got this rare Asian Indian eggplant in a seed trade. I lived for 2 and half years in India, although most of that time in the Himalayan Mountains in the now beleaguered state of Kashmir. The Eggplants at the market in the city of Srinigar where I taught, were all kinds of shades of violet and white and so forth, everything but the deep purple I was used to.I was lucky enough to have travelled all over this fascinating country, where eggplant is widely grown and eaten. The Ratnayake Eggplant looks a bit similar to the "Udmalbet Indian Eggplant." I don't have any specific information about exactly where in India these come from. These were very prolific and the fruit was creamy white with lovely, wavy, deep purple stripes. Very beautiful fruit indeed. Nice sweet white flesh with no bitterness. Very good eating quality.The fruits grew about 8-13 inches long on a 3 foot high bushy plant. They had a green calyx. As with all my eggplants, I carefully keep them isolated, with agricultural row fabric, so they do not cross in any way. Be the first in your area to grow this rare and lovely eggplant or brinjal as the British and Indians call it. Europeans call them aubergine. Italians call them melanzane. You will call it delicious!
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