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Eggplant

Featuring heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO, untreated seeds.

Eggplant

Eggplant can be steamed, stir-fried, pan fried, deep fried, barbecued, roasted, stewed, curried, or pickled. Many eggplant dishes are sauces made by mashing the cooked fruit. It can be stuffed. It is frequently, but not always, cooked with oil or fat.

Eggplant is used in the cuisines of many countries. Due to its texture and bulk, it is sometimes used as a meat substitute in vegan and vegetarian cuisines.[38] Eggplant flesh is smooth. Its numerous seeds are small, soft and edible, along with the rest of the fruit, and do not have to be removed. Its thin skin is also edible, and so it does not have to be peeled. However, the green part at the top, the calyx, does have to be removed when preparing an eggplant for cooking.

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Aubergine Long Purple Italian Eggplant, Berenjena, Violetta Lunga 2


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V3 - This is the classic Italian eggplant typically used in Emilia Romagna to make 'Parmigiana' with tomatoes and parmesan cheese. This is a mid-early variety, very productive. It produces long, dark and slightly curved aubergine of medium dimensions with very few seeds inside. 

BEST TO START INDOORS

In early spring, start indoors about 2 months before outdoor night temperatures are reliably in the 50-55°F (10-13°C) range. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist and warm 80-85°F (27-30°C) and provide a strong light source until ready to plant outside. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, transplant into deeper individual containers. Maintain at 70-75°F (21-24°C). Feed with half-strength fertilizer every 2 weeks until weather is warm enough to gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor conditions. Transplant 2 feet apart into rich soil in full sun.

Long, cylindrical fruit, intense dark violet color.

Firm flesh with very few seeds. Vigorous plant and very resistant to the heat.

Excellent and prolonged production. High demand from the fresh market and from the processing for easy peeling.

Variety suitable for spring-summer crop in open field.

Black Beauty Eggplant, ​Belezza Nera o Black Beauty


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Medium-early cycle variety. Round-oval fruit, smooth, brilliant black color.

Strong plant, erect, with plenty of healthy leaves, full covering, high yeld. Transport and handles well, besides being suitable for industrial processing.

Suitable for greenhouse and open field cultivation.

Eggplants are a unique fruit that grow best in full sun and hot weather. Like other members of the Nightshade family, eggplants should not be planted until all danger of frost has passed, and daytime temperatures are consistently warm. Be certain to use the black side of the mulch covers to speed soil warming and early growth. These globe-like fruits tend to produce very well in containers, especially if overnight temperatures are warm. If a cold spell is expected, use a frost cover to protect plants, or bring them indoors. Check water levels daily, since eggplants are heavy drinkers, and fruit may become bitter of they do not receive adequate water. Flea beetles are the most common pest, leaving tiny holes all over the plants' large leaves. When harvesting, be sure to use pruners, since the stems will not release the fruit without destroying the plant.

 

Rotonda Bianca Eggplant Rosa Bianca, Romanesca, Sfumata di Rosa


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ROTONDA BIANCA SFUMATA DI ROSA sel. ROMANESCA

Produces round-oval fruit that is flattened at the tip and deeply grooved. Violet with blue and white tinges near the stalk. Compact  flesh  with few seeds. Resistant to transportation and particularly suitable for industrial processing. A vigorous and erect plant with well covering foliage. Suitable for growing either in a nursery or directly outdoors.

Peculiar round white eggplant with shades of rose color. Large size fruits of 12-15cm in diameter. Italian heirloom, very productive and medium-early cycle. The flesh is white and creamy with a  sweet and delicate savor.

Eggplant should always be cooked before it is consumed, as it has an alkanoid that can damage the digestive system. It contains vitamins, antioxidants, iron, fiber and magnesium among many others.

The sowing takes place in March or April outdoors, while in the interior it is done from January. At 1cm deep and 45cm between plants. Seeds need temperature of 25ºC to germinate. After 3 to 5 months from sowing, the fruits will be ripe and can be harvested. Prefers fertile and well-drained soils.

Packet: 9-10 grams of seed