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Organic Syrian Stuffing Eggplant Seeds - 20 Count

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Organic Syrian Stuffing Eggplant Seeds
Solanum melongena

Description: This one is used for stuffing, and the medium - sized, purple - black fruits are ideal for this use. Flavor is superb, being rich and complex. Best harvested at 4 to 6 inches in length.
Days to Maturity: 78 days.
Sowing: In most regions of the U.S. and Canada, start eggplant seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the date you will be transplanting the seedlings outdoors. Direct seeding in the garden is recommended after you are absolutely certain that the last frost has passed. Seedlings are sensitive to transplant shock so it’s best to start eggplant seeds in individual 2 to 4 inch diameter containers instead of trays or flats. Thoroughly moisten, seed - starting mix then fill containers to within 1/2 inch of the top. Put 2 to 3 seeds in each small pot and cover with 0.25 inch of seed - starting mix.
Soil: Eggplants prefer a rich, fertile soil with plenty of organic matter. Add well - rotted compost or manure before planting. If needed, work in a balanced, time - released fertilizer when preparing the soil.
Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.0, eggplant does not do well in soil pH outside of this range, amend soil to correct if needed.
Sun: Plant eggplants in full sun where they will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Water: In addition to warm temperatures, eggplants need regular watering, about 1 inch of water per week, to keep plants productive. A 1 to 2 inch layer of organic mulch such as well - rotted compost or manure helps retain moisture, improve the soil and provide weed control.
Plant Spacing: The mature size of the plant determines the correct spacing. Allow 18 to 24 inches between standard - sized eggplants. Smaller varieties can be planted closer together with 12 to 18 inch spacing between plants.
Maintenance: Eggplants may require a little extra care in your garden in cooler or more northern locations. If nights become cool after planting outdoors, protect plants with a cover such as hot caps or fabric row cover in the evening and remove them during the daytime until the temperatures have warmed up again. Eggplants that produce large fruits can bend or break and are best staked for support. The long, slender varieties of eggplants also produce straighter fruits when staked. A small, wire tomato cage can also be used.
Pests: If you see holes in the leaves of your eggplant, suspect beetles such as the brightly striped, yellow and black Colorado potato beetle or the smaller, flea beetle. Flea beetles and Colorado potato beetles are eggplants most common.
Nutritional Facts: In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin.
Harvesting: You will know when to pick an eggplant when you see that it is firm as well as somewhat pliant. Depending on size alone is not a good indicator, as there are many mature sizes, and knowing the size of the type you are growing is very important. Make sure when picking your eggplant that you use a knife and don’t just twist or break the eggplant off the stems; this can harm the plants for the rest of the eggplants, as well as introduce pathogens that can cause rot and other issues with the unharvested eggplants. The younger the eggplant, the better, because if they get too old the plant is spongy, bitter and not as tasty. As long as you know the growing season, and best growing conditions for eggplants, you will find that knowing when to pick an eggplant will come naturally.
Other Information: Considered one of the most nutritious plants the world over, the eggplant is fast becoming the nest superfood. Eggplants may very well be pone of the first plants selectively grown by humankind. Primitive man crudely grew eggplant probably centuries before plant cultivation was developed as a scientific process. Many botanists surmise that of the original wild varieties some probably had spiny stems and many bitter tasting fruits that were no larger than a baseball. Before man developed the alphabet and written communication, he experimented with cultivating food plants by carefully selecting seeds from those plants that tasted less bitter and grew larger fruits. Historians believe the eggplant may have its origins in India, but early written accounts from a vastly old Chinese record on agriculture called the Ts'i Min Yao Shu indicate its cultivation in China.
Eggplant, or aubergine as it is called in France, is a vegetable long prized for its beauty as well as its unique taste and texture. Eggplants belong to the plant family of Solanaceae, also commonly known as nightshades, and are kin to the tomato, bell pepper and potato. Eggplants grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. One of the most popular varieties of eggplant in North America looks like a pear - shaped egg, a characteristic from which its name is derived. The skin is glossy and deep purple in color, while the flesh is cream colored and spongy in consistency. Contained within the flesh are seeds arranged in a conical pattern. In addition to this variety, eggplant is also available in a cornucopia of other colors including lavender, jade green, orange, and yellow - white, as well as in sizes and shapes that range from that of a small tomato to a large zucchini. While the different varieties do vary slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. In many recipes, eggplant fulfills the role of being a complementary ingredient that balances the surrounding flavors of the other more pronounced ingredients.

 


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  • Model: EP-SYRIAN-STUFFING-20
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 959 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: 4FH - Organic & Naturals

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