Pingtung Long Eggplant
This versatile variety matures earlier than most and is a perfect choice to use in an appetizer or side dish. A beautiful eggplant from Pingtung, Taiwan, with slender fruits that grow up to 12" long with shiny, dark-lavender skin. Produces very well, even in very hot weather. Hardy, vigorous, and disease-resistant plants.
- 65-75 days from transplant
- ±8,000 seeds/oz
- Slender fruits grow up to 12 inches
- Fruits have dark lavender skin
- Disease resistant plants
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
Ratings & Reviews
Have a hard time growing eggplant up here in coastal Zone 7A. But these Bad Boys are still producing a lot of no-seed fruit August 22nd! The Bees love them and they haven't minded the high humidity we get, not to mention how wet this summer has been. Just put it in my wish list for next year. My new "go to" eggplant variety!
This is a disgusting eggplant and in the north its very hard to grow, not reccomended
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Excellent eggplant variety
by Lake Superior gardener
We've grown these the last couple of years and they're great! Productive and tasty. Larger than standard ichiban eggplant. Highly recommended.
Great for Small Gardens and Never Bitter
Highly recommended for small gardens and small batch cooking. My raised bed is 8' X 4', so I could grow the Pingtung and still have room for other veggies. Unlike some eggplant, they are not bitter, so they don't require salting and rinsing before cooking. Perfect for a stir fry or saute.