Eggplant – Ping Tung Long

Product Info

This heirloom variety is a prolific producer that can give up to 2o tasty eggplants per plant with its great disease resistance!  Vigorous, heat and drought tolerant plants produce early, with glossy, deep lavender fruits, ripening to deep purple in as few as 65 days.  Best harvested when 12-18″ long, and no peeling is required before eating these beauties.  Staking the 24-36″ bush-type plants will help keep the fruits straighter and help hold the enormous yield.  Keep the fruit picked so production continues.  Use pruning shears and watch out for the spiny stems.

Exposure:  Full sun

Matures:  65-70 days

Spacing:  18-24″ apart

Kid Friendly:  No

Container Friendly:  No

Heirloom:  Yes

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DIG THIS!   about Eggplant:

In the Fifth Century, Chinese women made a black dye from the skins of purple eggplant to stain and polish their teeth a pretty shade of black!  Early Europeans believed eggplant caused insanity.  Eggplant was named after a plant that produced an egg-sized white to yellowish fruit.  One cup of raw eggplant contains a meager 30 calories!  Eggplant is actually a fruit, botanically classified as a berry.  Some Medieval Europeans considered the eggplant an aphrodisiac.