Heirloom grown for generations in Tuscany, superb for parmagiana dishes
Massive fruits are nearly round to slightly teardrop shaped, and sometimes very slightly ribbed. Their rich dark purple exterior also glistens with a satiny greenish sheen—quite spectacular to see! The white flesh is as good as the fruit looks, being mild, tender, and slow to discolor when sliced; superb in parmagiana dishes. Yields all season long. Heirloom type grown for generations in Tuscany, in northwestern Italy.Solanaceae Solanum melongena
Italian Eggplants produce the familiar shiny purple fruits found in markets. However they may also come in white (hence the name Eggplant) and other colors.
Italian Eggplants are larger in size when compared to Asian Eggplants.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 75-80 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Eggplant is a tropical plant and won't grow if it isn't warm and sunny.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot
Eggplant needs a warm, sunny spot, sheltered from cold winds.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 65°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Eggplants is a tropical plant and needs warm soil for germination, a minimum of 60 degrees F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
The plants are fairly drought tolerant, but need moist soil for maximum fruit production.
They like nitrogen and moderate amounts of phosphorus and potassium.
- Drought tolerant, High heat, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
The smaller varieties do quite well in containers (these should be least 12 inches deep). The ideal container for growing eggplant is 3 to 5 gallons in size. Fill the container with a mixture of potting soil and compost and make sure to give your eggplants lots of water and fertilizer. It can be helpful to use a tomato cage, as eggplants can get really large. Container growing works quite well for eggplant because you can move them inside if cold weather or frost threatens.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Dark Purple
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
A delicate sweet mild flavor, creamy consistency, and no bitterness. The white flesh is as good as the fruit looks, being mild, tender, and slow to discolor when sliced; superb in parmagiana dishes.