What are the pros? sweet, tasty, meaty, huge
What are the cons? easy to let get overripe
These eggplants not only can grow to be the size of your head, but they never turn "bouncy" to let you know they're ripe, so it becomes really easy to end up with overripe eggplants. When in doubt, pick early as soon as they reach supermarket eggplant size rather than wait, even if the fruit feels very hard. As long as you keep picking, these prolific plants will continue to pump out fruit. The extra-firm texture makes them ideal for grilling, for parmesan, fried eggplant, etc. If you let them go too long, they might get unpleasantly seedy, but they actually don't turn bitter. I pickled the eggplants I let sit too long on the plant, and they turned out great. They're still producing now in late September, and the vigorous plants are over 5 feet tall. I really recommend these and would definitely grow them again--I just wish I'd known in advance that they remained hard even when ripe. They aren't early, but they're not that late despite their size.
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