Long Purple Eggplant
Long Purple Eggplant is an Italian-type heirloom variety of long, slender, matte-purple eggplants that grow up 9 inches long by 2 inches in diameter, through best harvested when 1 inch in diameter. Long Purple eggplants are highly absorbent of flavors and oils and are excellent stuffed, grilled, roasted, and as a meat substitute in vegetarian or vegan dishes. Also a great source of dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. Grows well in container gardens and pots.
Also Known As: Italian Eggplant, Aubergine, Brinjal Eggplants, Melongene, Guinea Squash, Baingan
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||Eggplant, Long Purple
|Days to Germinate:||7-14|
|Days to Harvest:||75
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:Remove large weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Spade the soil 6-10 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to till soil. Eggplant prefers well-drained, fertile, sandy loam soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.2. You may add fertilizer (see "Fertilizing" below) or organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over planting area at this point. The higher the organic matter content of the soil the better, so it may be beneficial to incorporate a 3-4 inch layer of compost if possible.
Planting:Although eggplant can be seeded directly into the garden, it may be better for beginner gardeners to use transplants. For transplants, start seeds 6-8 weeks indoors before transplanting outside. Seeds may germinate more quickly, in 5-7 days, if kept at 86 degrees and may take up to 14 days if germinated at 65 degrees F. Eggplant is a tropical plant so it is sensitive to cold and should not be planted outside until after all risk of frost has passed and daytime temperatures are at least 65 degrees F. The plants will grow to 2-4 feet upright bushes so space transplants 2 - 2 1/2 feet apart. To direct sow, make 1 inch deep holes spaced 2 - 2 1/2 feet apart in raised beds down rows 2-4 feet apart, then plant 6-8 seeds in each hole. Cover thinly with soil and water after planting.
|Planting Depth:||1 inch|
||2 - 2 1/2 feet|
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 2 mg||0%|
|Potassium 188 mg||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 2.5 g||10%|
|Sugar 2.9 g|
|Protein 0.8 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||3%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||5%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.