Eggplant - Black Beauty (Solanum melongena) Organic Eggplants Open Pollinated Heirloom Vegetable

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Eggplant - Black Beauty (Solanum melongena) Organic Eggplants Open Pollinated Heirloom Vegetable



This variety is a standard open-pollinated Italian eggplant with high yields and no spines. It boasts big yields of large, glossy, delectable fruit that is a deep purple  and so intense, it appears as black. Plants produce large bell-shaped fruits range from ½ to 1½ kg (1 to 3 lb) and have a slight signature ribbing. Eggplant contains vitamins (iron and magnesium) and fiber; it also produces an alkaloid that is not agreeable to digestion and, as such, eggplant should always be cooked, grilled or roasted before eaten.

  • Full sun
  • Soil should be warm, fertile and well draining.
  • Note: a semi-tropical plant; cannot tolerate frost. After 3 to 5 months from sowing, the fruits will be ripe and can be harvested. From midsummer onward, drench with a liquid feed every two weeks.
  • Single Plants: 1' 3 in (40cm) each way (minimum)
  • Rows: 1' 1 in (35cm) with 1' 5in (45cm) row gap (minimum)
  • Sow indoors 8 weeks before last spring frost, and sow seeds 1/4 in deep in moist soil. Harden off seedlings gradually before transplanting after all risk of frost has passed in late spring
  • Transplant to larger pots if needed before that time.
  • Spacing: 45cm between plants
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy until seedlings are established.
  • Stake plants to keep them from falling over when they become heavy with fruit. Mulch to keep soil lightly moist.
  • Use pruning shears to cut fruits from the stem. Perfect fruits have shiny skins and only a few immature seeds inside.
  • Use row covers to keep plants warm while protecting them from flea beetles. Remove covers when plants begin blooming so the starry purple flowers can be pollinated by bees.
  • Seed Count: 25