Eggplant, Purple Shine
Although eggplants can be grown as perennials in tropical climates, it's usually easier to grow them as an annual. Such a fun, easy, plant to grow. One plant will easily feed a family of four for a period long enough to eventually get tired of eating eggplants. Not a bad problem to have!
This is a popular Chinese eggplant variety with beautiful, shiny purple skin. Fruits will mature to 9-11” in length and are very beneficial in the kitchen. We love adding this eggplant to our stir-fry mixes but it’s also delicious steamed, fried, baked, or boiled. So many options!
Days to Maturity: 60-65 days
Plant size: 36-48” tall
Plant spacing: 30”-36” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Loves full sun, warm, fertile, well-draining soil that is high in organic matter and needs consistent deep watering- especially in hot climates.
Harvesting: If you are not sure if your eggplant is ready to be picked, it's better to harvest young rather than when they are overly mature with dull skin and a bitter taste. Clip fruit stem with shears – be careful of the spikes on the fruit stems. Frequent harvesting will encourage more production and the largest fruit.
Culinary: Chinese eggplants have a more delicate flavor that is mildly sweet and hold up when cooked. This makes them a perfect addition to stir-fries, sautéing, and grilling.
Nutrients: Eggplants are high in fiber and low in calories. How nice!
Companion planting: Plant near beans, peppers, basil, lettuce, peas, spinach, okra, sunflowers, thyme, oregano, dill, catnip, radish, potato, and tomato.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.