Shikou Eggplant

70-80 days. A long, slender Asian type, Shikou's white flesh is in brilliant contrast to its dark, glossy, thin-skinned exterior that need not ever be peeled. The foliage is highly decorative: clean green heavily flushed and veined with deep purple, adorned with large purple flowers. Each Eggplant's calyx is deep purple-black as opposed to green, with beautifully reflexed tips, making this Eggplant even more gorgeous. Harvest the fruits when they're 6" to 12" long and up to 1 1/2" wide. Slice them lengthwise for grilling, or dice them for sautés and stews. (F1.)

One packet of about 30 seeds
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#2355
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Eggplant has been cultivated in southeastern Asia since time immemorial. A member of the Nightshade family of the species Solanum melongena, it is also commonly known as Aubergine. Tropical, heat-loving Eggplant is best grown as transplants. To speed germination, soak seeds in warm water for one hour before sowing. Sow 8 to 10 weeks before setting out, after all threat of frost has passed and nighttime temperatures are reliably above 55°F. Use lightweight floating row covers to keep them extra warm and cozy if necessary. Eggplant is a heavy feeder and should be grown in organically rich soil. Harvest when the skin is thin and shiny, using a sharp blade. One of the most widely used vegetables in global cuisines, Eggplant is low in fat and carbohydrates. We love it in ratatouille, moussaka and vegetable roasts as well as our 3-Cheese Eggplant Parmesan, Aubergine Lemon Chicken, Eggplants Baked with Gingered Red Pepper Puree and Chico Hot Springs Resort's Vegetable Tower. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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