Neimat's Battir Eggplant
A tender, creamy and flavorful traditional eggplant from the ancient terraced fields of Battir, Palestine. This is the famous delicacy of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Eco Museum on the West Bank. The eggplant is known for its incredibly delicious eating quality, and it is considered essential to making really authentic and gourmet Palestian dishes like Makdous, a pickled, stuffed eggplant dish. This ancient heirloom has a deeper root system, which is an adaptation to growing in the arid conditions of the region, making it impressively drought tolerant. The 5-8 inch fruit are bright purple with pale purple stripes, and have a dense but creamy flesh and low seed count. Locals love to eat this tender variety raw, just like a cucumber and yes, it is that mild -- a real treat! The medium-sized plants are well branching and produce an abundance of highquality fruit. Thanks to Maryanna Krivak, who sent us a sample of seeds from her friend Neimat, whose family lives in the area and grows this timeless heirloom treasure.