Black Beauty $3.00
- 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 Northern gardens if the
season is long enough.
70 days - Shiny white
fruits are 6 inches long by 2-3 inches wide.
This variety is early, producing pearly-white
fruits with 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 under
less-than-ideal growing conditions.
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.
Japanese Pickling $3.00
70-75 days—Elongated, slender
type, of 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
overall 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 summer
White Egg $3.00
70-80 days - 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.
75-90 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
Little Fingers $3.00
68 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
75-80 days - Cylindrical to tear drop
shaped fruit. Lilac-rose color with thin white
stripes. A mild tasting and firm eggplant.
This plant produces very few to no thorns.
65-90 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.
- 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 of spectacular!
- These lovely mauve-colored eggplants are
best eaten when the size of a tennis ball,
when there are little to no seeds in the
fruit. A productive eggplant variety from
Rosa Bianca $3.00
- Italian heirloom,
pink-lavender 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 area.
70 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 in warmer
conditions--probably not for cool-summer
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
introduction yielding lage, blocky
fruits of dark purple with green
overtones, borne on very attractive,
multi-branched plants. Unusual and
known to do better in cooler
conditions than some varieties.