Black Beauty Eggplant
(Solanum melongena) First introduced in 1902 by W. Atlee Burpee, “Black Beauty” has become the standard garden eggplant variety. Sturdy, medium-sized plants yield an abundant harvest of 4-6” fruit weighing up to 2lb each. Fruit are dark purple, almost black in color and are best harvested while skins are still glossy. Staking is recommended to support heavy yields. 80 days to harvest. 50 seeds per packet.
CULTURE: Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Germination will be improved by using a growers heat mat. Transplant outdoors once soil temps have reached 60 degrees. Space transplants 18-24” apart in rows 36” apart. Harvest fruit while skin is still glossy and tender.