This heirloom variety of eggplant produces bulb-shaped, dark purple (almost black) fruits on sturdy plants. A heavy producer when given sufficient heat, it gives around 12 fruits per plant under the right conditions. The eggplants are great for roasting into dip, cooking in stews or even slicing and placing into paninis, try it out in your garden this year!
Eggplant - Black Beauty (Heirloom)
- Planting: Plant 18 to 24 inches apart in fertile and well-drained soil under direct sun (soil can be amended with compost or worm castings 2 weeks before planting). Mulching is recommended to keep soil moisture and control weeds, for increased heat and production in cooler climates, place eggplants in a greenhouse or under warm row cover.
Watering: water plants deeply and frequently after transplant to avoid shock, once well established, water regularly.
Harvesting: Harvest eggplants when skin is glossy and thumbprint will not leave an impression. Harvesting regularly increases production.