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Rosa Bianca Eggplant

Solanum melongena

Certified Organic Seed

Lavender streaks on white skin reveal a tasty eggplant flesh beneath.

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Grow Rosa Bianca for its beauty: its softball-sized, rounded, only slightly elongated fruit are spectacular. Or, grow it for its taste: it is among the most delicately flavored of eggplants, custard-like and not at all bitter when fully roasted. Whatever your reason, you will not be disappointed.

The name eggplant was inspired by some of the first ornamental European cultivars that produced fruits that looked like pale goose eggs. The crop has evolved a great deal since that naming. Now there are eggplants that are long, thin, and lavender; and there are those that look like miniature pumpkins, deep purple paisleys, and orange ovals. This Italian variety, excellent for baking and casseroles, features painterly streaking of purple, pink, and white upon its broad, slightly lobed shape. Try hatching a few in your garden.

Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 18 to 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days from transplant
Height at Maturity 24 to 32 inches
Width at Maturity 18 to 30 inches
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant once danger of frost has passed and soil is warm--usually 2-3 weeks after last frost. Cover immediately with row cover, as flea beetles love to devour eggplant leaves. Eggplants want heat; choose your sunniest spot for them. Harvest when fruit have reached 4-6" in diameter and prepare like any Italian eggplant.

Artwork by Patricia Dominguez. Patricia is a visual artist and naturalist. She researches the paradoxes that lie in the environmental systems of contemporary society, using naturalism to reconnect people to their natural spaces.

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