Old standard, purplish-black smooth oval fruit to 160mm, fine flavour, bushy spreading plant to 80cm., does well in southern areas. 72-85 days.
From India, developed in Spain in 16th century. Growing conditions as for tomato, though Eggplant needs a longer growing season, treat as perennial in warmer climates, annual in cooler areas. Can sow indoors up to 8 weeks before transplanting, harden for one week by taking off heat and put in full sun. Picking regularly encourages production. Sow early spring.
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