- This is the old American standby, introduced
in the 1800's, the
only eggplant many have grown, and the only
type usually seen in
mainstream grocery stores. Purple-black fruit
to 6-8 inches long, by 5
" diameter and weigh 1-3 lbs. Plants 18-24"
tall may need staking to
support the heavy yield of fruits, which are a
bit thick-skinned as
befits a shipping variety. Will yield in
gardens if the season is long enough.
70 days - Shiny white
fruits are 6 inches
by 2-3 inches wide. This variety is early,
a mild flavor, which holds well even when the
fruit are over-mature. No
need to peel when picked small. Compact
plants yielding well even in cool conditions
and later in the season,
when early autumn weather has slowed
production on other varieties.
A newer Ukrainian variety introduced by Seed
Savers Exchange in
1993. Long slender fruits to 7-9", 2-3"
across. Purple-black skin with
mid-tasting green flesh which is never bitter.
Productive plants to 25"
tall, spreading a bit wider. Productive even
days - A
spectacular new find. The seed was
introduced in 2009 by Baker Creek
Seed Company. The original seed was
collected in Edirne, Turkey in 1948
and stored in the USDA Germplasm Repository,
where it received the
prosaic designation "PI 169659." In 2008, it
was grown out in Michigan!
The grower reported that the tear-drop
fruits to 6 inches in length
were purple with soft white striping,
similar to Listada de Gandia, but
earlier and more productive in her northern
climate, and with an
unusual and attractive lustre.
70-75 days—Elongated, slender
the medium purple so frequently seen
in the east Asian types. Tender
fruits approach or even exceed a foot
in length, are slender, rarely
reaching 2” in diameter. Often
recurved like a scimitar, their
appearance can be incredibly
decorative and sumptuous-looking. Fine
cooked in stir-fries or soups, as well
for making a traditional
Japanese pickle. Sturdy, two-foot
plants perform well even in cooler
Small white fruits about the size of a
hen's egg, weighing 2-3 ounces.
Productive over a long season, and
recommended for Northern gardeners
who want to try a different-looking
eggplant. Rich, full-flavored fruit
may become bitter if harvested too late,
so pick frequently. Fine in
curries or stir-fries, or in your
favorite baba ganoush recipe.
Attractive enough for the border.
days - Italian type 6-10" fruits are
teardrop-shaped, white with purple
stripes. Very popular heirloom originating in
France in 1850.
Recommended for Southern gardeners, but has
been grown successfully at
least as far north as Connecticut.
Little Fingers $3.00
days - These
fruits grow in
clusters of 3 or more. They can be
harvested when no larger than
your little finger. But if you choose to let
them grow, they will be as
good as when harvested small, retaining
their mild flavor. Dark
New York Improved $3.00
75 days. Compact
plants were long ago selected for at least
the warmer conditions within
the Northeast. This variety was once grown
commercially on Long Island.
The deep purple-black fruits run midway
between teardrop- and
round-shaped. Flavor of the snow-white
flesh is sweet and rich with
very little bitterness. The plants are
particularly sturdy and support
the rather heavy yield with ease. This is
one of the oldest documented
heirloom eggplant varieties, and was
mentioned by Fearing Burr in his
Striped Rose $3.00
days - Cylindrical to tear drop shaped fruit.
Lilac-rose color with
white stripes. A mild tasting and firm
eggplant. This plant produces
very few to no thorns.
days - Long slender fruit, to 18" long and
1.25" in diameter. Medium
purple in color. Classic eastern-Asian type
often seen in Asian markets
in the U.S. Vigorous and disease resistant,
heavy yielder. Good variety
in the North.
days - The enormous Tuscan heirloom!
Nearly round fruits are slightly
ribbed or pleated. Purple skin is
glossy; flesh is white, mild, and
tender--slow to discolor when cut. No
better variety exists for making
large "steaks" for use in your favorite
parmagiana dish. Nothing short
- These lovely mauve-colored eggplants are
best eaten when the
of a tennis ball, when there are little to
no seeds in the fruit. A
productive eggplant variety from China.
- Italian heirloom,
fruits with some white shading.
Smooth-textured flesh contains few
seeds, never bitter; always mild-flavored
and some growers say the
taste is reminiscent of mushrooms. Robust
plants are productive in our
days - Developed in Puerto Rico in the
1940's, Rosita is one of
the loveliest eggplants around.
Pink-to-lavender skin and white, mild
flesh. The fruit grows to 8 - 9 inches
long and 3 - 4 inches in
diameter. No need to peel these succulent
fruits. Developed from a
cross between Black Beauty and Native white
Eggplant. Vigorous plants
to 30 inches tall seem to be at their best
conditions--probably not for cool-summer
flattened, scarlet fruits are deeply ribbed,
looking for all the world
like glossy miniature pumpkins. Introduced
in the 19th century,
primarily as an ornamental, because its
stems of multiple fruits are
fine for centerpieces and arrangements.
Prone to the usual bitterness
inherent to most red eggplant varieties, it
is used mainly in Asian
cuisines, but it can be quite mild-flavored
if harvested before it
begins to turn red.
Formerly quite rare, but recently more
widely grown, as it
deserves to be. From a Tamil villiage in
India. Fruits are
egg-shaped to 3" long. Maturing to
purple with gold or
apple-green stripes; very striking and
unusual in an eggplant! You
would expect long-season maturity in a
variety from a subtropical
environment, but growers cite the
days-to-maturity given here. About 80
days to harvest in our 2007 trial.
75-80 days. Eastern European
yielding lage, blocky fruits of dark
purple with green overtones, borne
on very attractive, multi-branched
plants. Unusual and known to do
in cooler conditions than some