Purple Pickling Eggplant
Traditional Italian variety used for making eggplant relish or for fresh eating. Pear-shaped fruits (up to 8" long) are borne in abundance on purple-stemmed thornless plants.
- 90 days from transplant
- ±6,000 seeds/oz
- Pear-shaped fruits grow up to 8 inches
- Purple stems
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