What are the pros? prolific, small
What are the cons? mites, bitter skin
These were a lot of fun to grow. Everyone who's come to my garden is astounded to find out its an eggplant! I like the small size (~golf ball sized on average) because sometimes the standard purple size is just too big for a pasta dish. They keep surprisingly well once picked, but I would caution for those who are sensitive to bitter tastes to pick these when they just begin turning orange, but still mostly green. I didnt mind it too much, but even when i did, I would just grill them whole and peel away the skin.
My biggest complaint was that in comparison to the other two varieties I grew (Ophelia and Rosa Bianca), These have been really susceptible to spider mites. I ended up aggressively removing all affected leaves, then hosed down stems well. This successfully knocked them out, and most of the plants have bounced back wonderfully by now, but I ended up having no production for about a month as the plants recovered. Manage mites early!
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