Purple Shine Chinese Eggplant
Purple Shine Chinese Eggplant is a hybrid variety of long purple eggplant that has a shiny soft-purple sheen, thinner skin, and fewer seeds, making it ideal for stir-fry cooking. Purple Shine is an easy-to-grow variety that has big yields of long purple gem-like fruit on upright bushes. It is widely popular in Szechuan cuisine as its mild flavor pairs well with strong flavors and spices. Chinese Eggplant also makes an excellent supplement to vegetarian and vegan diets. It boasts a variety of health benefits, including high amounts of dietary fiber, potassium, and B vitamins.
Also Known As: Aubergine, Brinjal, Melanzana, Melongene, or Guinea Squash
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||Eggplant, Purple Shine F1
Solanum melongena or Solanum ovigerum or Solanum trongum
|Days to Germinate:||7-14|
|Days to Harvest:||78
|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.