The Long Purple Italian Eggplant is a very productive long dark purple club shaped Italian type from the 1850's.
Looks like a purple zucchini. 8-10" long x 2 1/2" in diameter with very tender and flavorful yet firm mild flesh.
Has a milder, more delicate flavor than regular eggplant, with four or more fruit per plant.
Indoors: 8 - 10 weeks before soil and temperature are thoroughly warm, plant seeds 1/4 - 1/2" deep in flats. Keep soil temperature at 70 - 75F. Germinatioon takes 14 - 21 days.
Transplant seedlings when 2 - 3" high into individual pots. Transplant out into garden site in full sun, 2 1/2 - 3' apart about 3 weeks after last frost date. Provide sufficient moisture, especially when fruits are setting.
Eggplants are ripe when skin has a high gloss. Once nighttime temperatures are above 70F, continuous harvesting will ensure continued fruiting.
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.