Sunday, December 2, 2012

In the Garden Spotlight: Japanese White Egg (eggplant)

This is definitely one of the most unique seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. I grew Black Beauty Eggplants last year and really enjoyed eating them right off the bush/plant. The Japanese White Egg will be a delightful addition to my garden.
65 days.  Produces heavy yields of 2-3" oval creamy white eggplants.  Long season.

Wonderful rich flavor.  Perfect for a delicious stir-fry or lasagna.

Companion plants for the eggplant are: amaranth, beans, peas, spinach, tarragon, thyme and marigold. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and does well with peppers as they like the same growing conditions.

From the Growing from Seed page:

Eggplants can grow 2 to 6 feet tall, depending on the variety.  Grow eggplant in full sun. Eggplant is not particular about the soil it grows in but will grow best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter.

Eggplant is sensitive to cold (and extreme heat). It grows best where day temperatures are between 80° and 90°F and night temperatures between 70° and 80°F. Eggplant is best started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting into the garden.

Sow eggplant seed ¼ to ½ inch deep spaced 4 to 5 inches apart. Thin plants to 6 inches apart if the weather does not allow transplanting before plants grow 5 to 6 inches tall. Set eggplants into the garden 18 to 24 inches apart. Space rows 24 to 36 inches apart.

Do not over water or allow the soil to dry out. Once the soil has warmed, mulch around eggplants to retain soil moisture and an even growing temperature. Eggplants are heavy feeders prepare planting beds with aged compost and side dress eggplants with compost tea every 2 or 3 weeks during until the fruit has set. (stay tuned for compost tea recipe)

Eggplant is easily grown in containers. Plants will grow in pots at least 12 inches across and as deep. Choose a smaller growing variety.

Homegrown Black Beauty Eggplant
Harvested: Eggplants, tomatoes and swiss chard!
Do you have a favorite variety?  Would you like to share your garden?  Send me an email or leave a comment!

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Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I have never heard of white eggplant, so neat!

Thanks for linking to Raising Imperfection!

Jessica Simmons said...

I am a lover of eggplant! I wish I was also a good gardener! I might have to talk my husband into planting some of these next year!
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mail4rosey said...

Eggplant is so prevalent here (a cold weather state) that I had no idea it was grown in warm states.

Happy to be visiting you today from Super Sunday Sync. :)

Unknown said...

I like eggplant but never heard of a white one. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

How interesting...I haven't heard of white eggplant before.
I have never been a big fan but my husband loves it.

Thanks for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured.


Rob said...

Hi, hopping over from the Chicken Chick blog hop, glad I found your blog! I am always looking for new non-gmo varieties to add to my garden!

I Gotta Try That said...

The Japanese White Egg is so cool. I have never seen something like that. I'm so glad you shared this on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!

Feral Turtle said...

I love eggplant. I can say I have never seen a white eggplant. Very cool!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Very interesting. I had never heard of them.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for sharing every week, you always have a food I have never heard of before, and I love it!

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Jessica said...

I have never been a big fan of eggplant, I hate to admit- unless it's babaganoush! When I was a "hardcore" vegetarian, people were always trying to serve this to me, and I always had to grin and bare it when eating it. I wish I could change my tastebuds....I'll keep trying! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Saturday last week :)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I've never seen white eggplant before. They are so pretty!

AngieOuellette-Tower said...

WOW - that is so unique - I've never seen a white eggplant before & egg shape - so cool. Thank you for sharing on my blog hop!