Long Purple Italian Eggplant - Perfect for Slicing
A very productive long dark purple club shaped Italian eggplant from the 1850's. Looks like a purple zucchini. Fruits are 8-10" long and 2 1/2" in diameter with very tender and flavorful yet firm mild flesh. It has a milder, more delicate flavor than other eggplant, with four or more fruit per plant.
Eggplants were cultivated in India and China, where it was known since 500 BC. It migrated to Africa and Europe through Arabia and Persia. Eggplant gained popularity in southern Europe toward the end of the 17th century.
Best used fresh, just after harvesting.
Grow eggplant in the sunniest spot you can find and provide good drainage. Eggplants have a shallow root system. They need warm soil to thrive.
Started from seed with good germination and transplanted into the garden with good results. Started to produce in July and continued through mid-September. Fruit production was excellent with good shape and color. Did well in this area.
These produced lots of long, delicious eggplant per plant.