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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Pollinators: Various insects


The Top Tomatoes, Peppers and EggplantsThe Top Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants
By dave on August 1, 2015

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are all in the nightshade family. Let's open the Summer Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top varieties of each of these highly popular home garden vegetables.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Jul 23, 2012 5:37 PM

My favorite eggplant. Productive and a useful size. The best flavored eggplant on my taste buds. Medium size plant that stands well without staking.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 2, 2013 5:01 PM

Medium size plant that grows well and sets long slender fruits. Very tasty. The leaves are unusually pretty for an eggplant as they have deep purple veining and a purple blush along the middle of each leaf.

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Posted by TimHoover (Elysian FIelds, Texas - Zone 8a) on Mar 15, 2014 6:48 PM

If you are able to only grow one variety of eggplant, grow this one. Amazingly drought tolerant and productive. Flavor, as eggplants go, is top-notch. I much prefer the Asian style eggplant- much easier to cook with because all slices are roughly the same size. I have tried a number of the Asian types and Ichiban is still number 1!

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Posted by SCurtis (Maryville, Tn - Zone 7a) on Aug 22, 2014 2:58 PM

Highly productive eggplant that puts out long, slender, and tasty fruits. The branches of this eggplant get longer than those of other types of eggplants and might need some sort of support when many eggplants are present on the tiny branches. It will need more room than the traditional eggplant varieties. Flea beetles also seem to love this plant, so make sure to watch out for tiny little black beetles making little holes in leaves.

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