Eggplant : Kyoto Egg, hybrid
Early Japanese variety, more tolerant of flea beetles than other varieties
This heat resistant Japanese eggplant is a generous producer of round type fruit that grow to 3" in diameter. The glossy skin below the purple calyx is a deep purple-black color, and the flesh is quite tender. The plant is upright. This variety is delicious deep- or stir-fried. Grill thin slices or add them directly to salads.Solanaceae Solanum melongena
The plants are generally self-pollinated, but some cross pollination by insects also occurs. To keep a variety pure only one variety should be grown at one time, or it should be isolated by at least 50 feet. To ensure genetic variability, you should save the seed from at least 6 plants.
To get ripe seed, you need to let a fruit ripen completely. Separate the seed from the fruit by grating the seed bearing flesh and then mashing it in water. The seeds is then dried for storage. Eggplant seed is quite long lived if stored properly and may last for ten years.