[Market-farming] Eggplant varieties

Carla Maness manessfarm at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 22:18:50 EST 2012

If you like the Italian type eggplant, you might want to give 'Nubia' from
Johnny's a try. It was new to us this season, so we only grew about 18
plants or so, to see how it would do. It kept producing during the worst of
our heat and drought, and customers loved it. We will def grow more of it
next year.
My only complaint would be that during our extreme heat, temps of 115+ the
color faded. I had to pick them small, baseball size or slightly smaller to
get that gorgeous purple/white striping. Even then, customers commented on
the delicious flavor and smooth, creamy texture.

Perkins, OK  77 degrees  for a high today

On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Pam Twin Oaks <pam at twinoaks.org> wrote:

> 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
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