What are the pros? Interesting. best eaten raw
What are the cons? big plants few fruit
I have grown these two years now. I like them, but they are not your traditional eggplant. I first bought them for my mom. I hoped they would be like some pingpong ball sized, supper-hardy and wildly productive eggplants which she bought by accident, mislabeled, in a nursery once. These were not the same at all. The plants are large, strong and attractive and the fruit appear slowly. These are not for the Minasota garden. The fruit also remain unusually hard at any maturity and it is apparently impossible to cook soft. In ratatouille these came out oddly spongy. I was disappointed until I ordered a curry in a Thai restaurant which appeared with several eggplants, exactly like these, served quartered and raw ontop. I would not have thought to eat a raw eggplant, but if these don't get over mature they have a texture like a dry apple and a pleasing, lightly bitter, flavor that compliments spicy food well. Grow these if your season is long and you want crunchy eggplant.
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