New Orange Eggplant

By Charlie Nardozzi

Eggplant is a favorite vegetable for grilling, roasting, and using in soups and other dishes. Most commonly available with purple skins, in the last 20 years eggplants have been introduced with green, purple-and-white-striped, and lavender and white skins. Now a new orange-skinned variety is available for home gardeners.

'Sweet African Orange' eggplant features a 2- to 3-foot-tall plant with plump, 4-inch, oval fruits that mature from white to an orange-red color. This eggplant matures only 90 days after seeding. You can harvest the fruits at any stage once they turn white, but the sweet, mild flavor is most pronounced when they're allowed to mature to orange.

For more information about 'Sweet African Orange' eggplant, go to: National Garden Bureau.

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