Eggplant Varieties and Care
Love eggplants? We do too! Eggplants contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6. They are known to lower risks associated with heart disease plus contain red-blue flavonoid plant pigment called anthocyanin which has been found to help with dropping blood pressure significantly. Oh, and if prepared just right, taste great!
Italian Eggplant - These large dark purple eggplants are a bit smaller and thinner than globe eggplants, and they tend to have a sweeter flavor.
Japanese Eggplant - A longer and thinner version.
Rosa Bianca Eggplant - While their beautiful markings don’t hold up once cooked, they do have a more delicate flavor and less bitter tendencies than their more purple counterparts.
Millionaire Eggplants - Smooth, very attractive, Japanese type eggplant with fine flavor. Delicious in stir-fry dishes.
Black Beauty Eggplant - These purplish-black fruits are a nice addition to meals. Tasty when fried or breaded.
Planting and Care
Eggplants love warm weather and grow best in sunny areas with well-draining soil. We recommend E.B. Stone Raised Bed and Potting Mix is an ideal soil for any raised bed. It can be used as a stand-alone soil or mixed with garden soil. Eggplants will grow tall and should be spaced 24 to 36 inches apart.
To help keep plants strong and well fed, fertilize them regularly with E.B. Stone Tomato & Vegetable Food is formulated from quality natural organic ingredients for use throughout the vegetable garden as well as with soft fruits like strawberries. It will contribute to even plant growth without producing excessive foliage at the expense of fruit. Combining great soil with premium plant food is a surefire way to have lots of success growing eggplants.
Eggplants need a nice steady supply of moisture but not so much that the soil is soggy. Plants that are under-watered will be small and bitter. Drip systems or soaker hoses are best.
Eggplants are prone to falling over when loaded with fruit, so you may want to tie plants to stakes to keep them upright or utilize tomato cages to support the plants.
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