Eggplant - 'Black Beauty'

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Common Name:
Solanum melongena
Plant Type:
  • Earlier harvest than other varieties
  • Stake or cage plant to support heavy fruit

This tried-and-true heirloom eggplant is loved for its earlier ripening. Pick when the fruit is 4-5 inches long when it is firm and has a glossy shine. Overripe fruit turns brownish and becomes bitter. Cut the stem about 1 inch above the fruit. Eggplant makes an excellent meat substitute in many dishes!

Fruit size: 4-5 inches
Notable Features: Heirloom Variety, Oval-shaped fruit that is dark purple
Growth Habit: Upright

Homeowner Growing Tips: Make sure plants get plenty of water and fertilizer. Eggplants don't want to sit soggy, so make sure the soil drains well. Stake the stems or provide a cage or trellis to help the plant support the large fruits. A good test of ripeness is to press your thumb into the skin and if the indentation stays, it is ready for harvest.

Photos courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company

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