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Post  sanderson on 8/20/2017, 12:31 pm

I thought I started a thread on this variety of eggplant but I guess not.  The only kind I am able to grow here is the Millionaire (Territorial / Burpee).  Small diameter, long sweet eggplants, perfect for roasting in a pan with other veggies.  The skin is soft and edible.  This year, the single plant is almost 5' tall and falling out of the bed.  It bent its cage.

I tried making baba ganoush but I think they are too sweet for it.  Shocked

Here it is back in July when it was only 4'  

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/20/2017, 12:43 pm

Mine is called "Black Beauty." I bought 4 of them last spring. They've held up beautifully through the heat, but one lost a fight with a chicken. Sad They're all less than 2' tall, but starting to produce. I've only grown them once before and that was last century, so I don't remember when to harvest. (The fruit is fist-sized right now.) geek
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Post  Turan on 8/20/2017, 11:02 pm

O my, those are lovely pictures.

No spider mites or flea beetles?
I can only dream....

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/21/2017, 7:39 am

Turan wrote:O my, those are lovely pictures.

No spider mites or flea beetles?
I can only dream....
Hard to recognize as an eggplant without the holes and spots, isn't it! All of mine have plenty of flea beetles. Millionaire is doing better for me than Black Beauty -- but the pH is my beds is 7.5 and higher than eggplants like, so a comparison with proper pH might not show the same result. The square I treated with acidifier has a healthier looking eggplant, almost as healthy as the Millionaire, but I haven't gotten around to doing the other squares.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/21/2017, 11:10 am

Turan wrote:
No spider mites or flea beetles?
I can only dream....
So far so good. This is a 1st year bed. The bad guys haven't found it yet.  Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/22/2017, 8:15 pm

I would be interested in the sweeter ones with soft skin.  In my opinion, some eggplant is pretty bitter.  How many do you get off one plant?
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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2017, 2:09 am

SR, If you are asking me about my one plant, I haven't been keeping track. Maybe 25 or more so far, with more on the plant. My husband doesn't like them. He likes the "regular" ones, like Black Beauty, but only if they aren't bitter. rofl That means slicing and salting.

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Post  Fiz on 8/23/2017, 7:57 am

That's quite a haul from one plant, nice! I might get that many from all 4 of my Italian variety the whole season, lol. How big do they get before you pick them?
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Post  SQWIB on 8/23/2017, 10:17 am

I planted purple Stripe and Black Beauty last year and only BB this year, never had to salt my BB's due to bitterness, but it seems that most folks do complain about bitterness.
I try to pick when the skins are shiny, you can see by the pic below that the ones on the plant are ready to be picked and one of the eggplants (left back) in the first pic is starting to get dull.







As a matter of fact just fried 6 last night.




I would like to try these Japanese Millionaire eggplants.
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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2017, 1:12 pm

Fiz, They are "personal" size, about 6-7" long.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/23/2017, 7:17 pm

They look delish all fried up!  I might give one a go next year!
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