Lao Green Stripe Eggplant
This heirloom eggplant is from Laos and is also known as "Green Tiger Stripe" eggplant. The eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and, as such, is related to both tomatoes and potatoes. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia for thousands of years. The first written record of it is from a Chinese agricultural paper from the year 544 and it was noted in the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. The name "eggplant" most likely comes from European varieties of the 18th century that were yellow or white and did, in fact, resemble the egg of a goose. In British English it is known as an aubergine.
- Productive variety
- Fruits grow to 2 inches and are round
- Fruits have cream skin with green stripes and shoulders
- Best if eaten when fruit is small
- This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
This variety works for:
To help the flesh of eggplant fruits hold up in dishes, roast it slightly before adding any sauces.
Some varieties of heirloom eggplant benefit from slicing the fruit ad then salting, rinsing, and draining the water that emerges from the flesh. It is thought to remove bitter flavors and reduce the amount of oil or fat taken up by the fruit when it is cooked.
Eggplant is sometimes used as a meat substitute because of its texture and rich, complex flavor. It is very popular in Indian dishes such as Baingan bharta an in French dishes like ratatouille.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Transplant outdoors once danger of frost has passed and soil is warm. Using landscape fabric or black plastic can accelerate growth and productivity in cooler climates.
- Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 18-24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun