Eggplant, Long Purple

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EGGPLANT, Long Purple –
Solanum melangena esculentum

FULL SUN Native to India and the Far East, eggplants have been a critical part of the Asian diet for millennia. In Europe and America, they have not enjoyed that popularity except in Italian and Spanish cuisine. Long Purple is an old Italian heirloom probably brought to the US in the early 1900s. Fruit is long (8-10 in.) and skinny (1-2 in.) with thin purple skin and delicious, sweet flesh. Pick young because skin becomes quite thick and flesh becomes bitter. Sow indoors 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Plant seed ½ in. deep. Transplant outside after danger of frost is over and the soil has warmed to a depth of 6 in. Add ¼ cup bone meal to the soil when planting. Space plants 24 in. apart in rows 36 in. apart. Outstanding container plant. 1 eggplant per 14 in. diameter container.

Type Spacing Planting Depth Days to Germination Maturity
Eggplant 24 in. 1/2 in. 14-21 100

Eggplant, Long Purple

Eggplants originated in China and India and have been cultivated there for thousands of years. The Spanish Moors introduced the eggplant into southern and Eastern Europe where it became very popular. The early explorers of the New World introduced eggplant into the Americas in the 1500s, but the plant never caught on. For many years, Americans were suspicious of the plant because it belonged to the Nightshade family, of Deadly Nightshade fame. Eggplants, tomatoes and potatoes all belong to this family and many Americans thought the vegetables were poisonous. For the better part of three centuries, Americans have known the large purple eggplant. In the 1960’s, some of the smaller Japanese varieties were introduced for home gardeners. Only recently has America embraced the extensive varieties of Indian, Italian, Japanese and Chinese eggplants.The eggplant family is one of the largest and most diverse of the vegetable plant families. The size and shape of the plants and the size and shape of the fruits vary tremendously, but all eggplants were originally tropicals. They love and require heat. It can almost be said, “the hotter, the better”. We believe it is this requirement for heat that makes eggplants an ideal container vegetable. Every eggplant that we know of will grow in a container. Eggplants produce prolifically in containers. They love the heat coming off a brick, stone or concrete wall on a patio.

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