Eggplant, Poamoho Dark Long (Organic)
Solanum melongena. Purple. 70 days.
Long, slender Japanese style eggplant bred in Hawai’i for Bacterial Wilt resistance. Despite its tropical origins, Poamoho Dark Long Eggplant has been very productive in our outdoor Pacific Northwest growing conditions. Relatively tall plants produce the longest-fruited eggplants that we grow. Many of the beautiful, shiny dark-purple fruits grow to over 12” long. Tender skin that does not need to be peeled makes it quick in the kitchen and especially good for stir-fry. Named after the Poamoho Research Station where much of the variety evaluation was done. It was bred by Dr. Kenneth Takeda of the University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots when they have their first two true leaves. Transplant into the garden after danger of frost has passed, typically late May in western Oregon.
Collect seeds from fruit that are past typical harvest stage, ripened to a dull yellowish color. Place seeds in a jar then add water to float non-seed debris. Decant and rinse seeds to clean. Dry seed before storage. For seed purity, isolate from other eggplant varieties by 500 feet.