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Fairytale Eggplant

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  • Fairy tale eggplant, also known as baby eggplant or Japanese eggplant, is a small and slender variety of eggplant that is popular in Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. It gets its name from its small size and its whimsical appearance, resembling something out of a fairy tale.


    Fairy tale eggplants are usually about 2-4 inches long and have a slender, elongated shape. They are smaller than traditional eggplants, which makes them easier to cook and serve. The skin of fairy tale eggplants is glossy and vibrant purple. They have a tender and delicate texture compared to larger eggplant varieties, with fewer seeds and a sweeter flavor.


    Fairy tale eggplants have a mild and slightly sweet flavor. They are less bitter compared to larger eggplants, making them more palatable to some individuals.


    Fairy tale eggplants are versatile and can be prepared in various ways. They can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, or even fried. Due to their small size, they cook relatively quickly and can be used in a variety of dishes such as stir-fries, curries, stews, or as a side dish.


    Days to Maturity: 65

    Seeds per pack: 25

    • Choose a location: Fairy tale eggplant requires full sunlight and warm temperatures to grow. Choose a location in your garden or on your patio that gets at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: Fairy tale eggplant prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Add compost or aged manure to your garden bed or container before planting to improve the soil's fertility.

    • Plant seeds: Fairy tale eggplant can be grown from seeds, which can be planted directly in the garden bed or container in early spring or indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. When planting outdoors, space the seeds or seedlings 2-3 feet apart to allow for proper growth.

    • Provide proper care: Fairy tale eggplant requires consistent moisture, so keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize the plants with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks, following the manufacturer's instructions. Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth.

    • Harvest the eggplants: Fairy tale eggplants are ready to harvest when they are firm, shiny, and fully mature. Cut the fruit from the plant using a sharp knife or scissors, being careful not to damage the plant or neighboring fruits. Harvesting the fruits regularly will encourage the plant to produce more fruit.

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