What are the pros? Potentially early
What are the cons? A lot smaller than I expected
After growing these and reading other reviews, I think they are designed for wetter, more humid and/or more temperate climates than mine. Mine were probably too shaded, too. A fruit set on one of the plants (I planted several) before it got really hot. The plants wouldn't produce in the heat. I didn't know when to pick eggplant. So, I let the fruit stay on the vine until after it changed color. At that point, I think it was poisonous, as it made my throat burn, and I didn't feel so well for some days. I learned that you're supposed to pick them soon after they stop growing (before they get 'ripe'), I think, and most of the toxins (if present) are right by the skin (so skinning them helps). If they're under ripe or over ripe, they may have toxins in them. If they've changed colors, just use them for seed. I did save seeds. We got one or more fruits after it cooled down. Next time, I plan to grow Aswad, from Baker Creek, which should be larger, and better-suited to a desert-type climate.
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