This Japanese eggplant produces slender, glossy deep purple fruits that reach 7" and have a purple calyx. Starting early, the plants are very productive throughout the season and have good heat tolerance. They have a semi-upright growth habit and can reach 5 feet tall.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 90-100 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Average 97,000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 60 days
- Planting season: Late spring to early summer
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Cultivation: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Plant in late spring/summer in a warm and sunny location with soil temperatures above 60°F. Eggplants are heavy feeders so use a balanced fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruits.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use for tempura, stir-fry, baking, grilling, and pickling. Delicious sliced thin, stir-fried with miso and a little sugar added toward the end of cooking.