[Market-farming] Eggplant varieties

Pam Twin Oaks pam at twinoaks.org
Wed Nov 21 17:54:53 EST 2012

Thank you Carla and Ben for your suggestions on heat-tolerant eggplant
varieties a while back. I can see the sense of planting several varieties,
including a fast-maturing one, followed by more heat-tolerant (but slower)
ones. I've been researching the ones you each suggested and some others.
I'm looking at trying some combination of my previous favorite Nadia (67d,
good set in cool conditions) with some of

Epic 61-64d (early and huge!), from Osborne, Stokes. Recommended in Florida
and Texas.
Night Shadow 68d, (size claims vary from "similar to Epic" to "smaller"),
Osborne, Stokes, Siegers.
Traviata (variously recorded as 55-60d, 70d and 80d), small but good
flavor. Osborne, Johnnys, High Mowing. Recommended in Florida.
Classic 76d, heavy yields, high quality, does not perform well in cool
conditions. Harris. Recommended in Florida and Texas.
Santana 80d, large, continuous setting. Siegers. Recommended in Florida.

These are all hybrids, but I also found a couple of promising -sounding OPs:

Florida High Bush 76-85d, reliable, large fruit, drought and disease
resistant. Seed Savers Exchange, Cherrygal/Sustainable Seed Co.
Recommended in Florida and Texas.
Florida Market 80-85d, large, excellent for the South, not for the
Northeast. Baker Creek. Recommended in Florida and Texas.

If anyone has any comparisons of two or more of these, I'd love to hear
more. I only really want to try 3 or 4, not all of them in one year.

Pam, Twin Oaks, Virginia, zone 7a
Pam Dawling

Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a
Few Acres
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