This Japanese hybrid eggplant has long fruit with black skin and a purple calyx. The shiny fruits have tender good quality flesh and grow over 8" long and weight over 8 oz. This extra early prolific producer is recommended for greenhouse and open field growing. Black Shine is very similar to Millionaire variety but fruit is heavier in weight.
Warm season annual
Approx. 100-150 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.)
Maturity: Approx. 65 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 (80-90°F minimum). 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. Transplant in late spring/ summer (soil temperatures at least above 75°F) in a very warm and sunny location. Eggplants are heavy feeders so use a balanced fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruit.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use for grilling, stuffing, baking and pickling. Delicious when coated, baked or fried with miso. Makes excellent tempura.
Kitazawa Seed Company 201 4th Street, #206 Oakland, CA 94607