Eggplant, Early Black Egg (Organic)

Solanum melongena. Black. 60-70 days.

Just like the name suggests, this eggplant is shaped like a black egg. More the size of a goose egg than a chicken egg, the relatively modest fruit size helps it mature earlier than almost any other eggplant. A Japanese heritage variety, it can be utilized in almost any way eggplant is cooked. Perfect size for slicing and making eggplant tempura. The plants are very ornamental and like many Asian eggplants, have a purple-green foliage with deep purple stems and veins. There are a few strains of this variety available in North America; our foundation seed came from Sandhill Preservation Center.

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Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well watered. Transplant seedlings into 4” pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant into the garden after danger of frost has past, typically late May in western Oregon.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from fruit that are past purple stage, ripened to a dull yellowish color. Place seeds in small jar, add water. Decant to clean. Dry. Isolate from other eggplant by 500 feet.

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