Listada de Gandia Eggplant
Listada de Gandia is a treasure. This prized variety bears sweet, tender, thin-skinned, stunning eggplant. It likely originated in Spain (its name translates as “Grown in Spain”), where it is still revered today. The small 14" plants produce heavy yields of high-quality, 8" oval white fruits with purple stripes and mild white flesh. The variety thrives in very hot weather.
- ±5,600 seeds/oz
- Thrives in hot weather
- Small plants grow to 14 inches
- Oval 8 inch fruit
- Thin-skinned fruit
- Heavy yields
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 - Start eggplant indoors 6-9 weeks before the average last frost. Soak seeds first to encourage germination and then sow ¼" deep. Using bottom heat for a week to 10 days will help with sprouting. Transplant in warm soil in a location that gets 8-10 hours of direct sun each day. If growing eggplant in raised beds or containers, keep the plants well watered.
- Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 18-24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Really tasty heavy producer
This was a very heavy producer once it got going (the Asian style long eggplants were first to crop), with 6-10 fruit per plant at a time. The eggplants for this variety were best at 6-8 inches, still tender and not bitter. Much bigger than that and they get a bit too seedy, and they can get quite big! We roasted them, made dip, and also pickled Italian style.
Surprising and tasty!
I started this plant late last summer and just harvested my first two eggplants. They were smaller than I anticipated, about 5-6", but very tasty. Now there are about 7 or 8 more growing. Another surprise is that the one I have growing in a pot is about 4 feet tall.
So much fruit! I almost had a hard time keeping ahead for my 1 plant. Beware of the time on the internet researching different ways to use eggplants.