What are the pros? late but prolific
What are the cons? bitter at any size, tough skin
These lagged behind my other eggplants but did produce more fruit during the brutal heat of this unusually hot summer when the other eggplants were faltering. They seem to enjoy a lot of heat, even for an eggplant. I was disappointed in the flavor, though. No matter how early or late I picked them, even if I picked them at fingerling size, they were bitter. And even though I enjoy bitterness sometimes (I love bitter melon, for example), these had tough skins that made their texture unpleasant and their flavor wasn't particularly rich. They were OK hidden in curries and stews, but I wouldn't make them the star of any dish. The flea beetles also liked these the best of all my eggplants, so maybe I'll plant a couple as a trap crop next year, but I won't grow these for eating again.
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