Sharon, WI, United States
August 29, 2015
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

What are the pros? Novice-proof.

What are the cons? Unaware of thorns, lol.


Yep, I was unaware eggplants have thorns on their caps. Now I know. These are tasty in ratatouille, which I had to try after watching the movie of the same name. I've never grown eggplant before, and these were pretty effortless. This year, my husband built me a heated sand bed for sprouting seeds in my little greenhouse to get a jumpstart on plants for the garden, and it worked out well. We had strong, healthy, heirloom plants to put in at planting time. Astrakom grew quietly in front of the tomatoes, having enjoyed the same dose of Epsom salts and non-fat dry milk in the planting holes, and I was elated to find purple blossoms and then purple eggplants on the plants like clockwork. We don't have a well, so if we water, it's sparing, because it's very expensive. Astrakom didn't care, and produced beautifully with just what fell from the sky. It's a repeat for next year, as is ratatouille.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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