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Eggplant

Solanum melongena ‘esculentum’

White Eggplant was listed along with a purple variety in several eastern United States seed catalogues by 1825 and Jefferson was growing both types at Monticello in 1812. Early catalogues recommended the White Eggplant for ornamental rather than culinary use, but today some people consider it the superior edible type.

Also known as melongena, eggplant originated in Asia, where it has been grown for centuries. Eggplant yields egg-shaped fruits, up to six inches long, which turn from ivory to golden yellow when fully ripe.

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Jefferson-era recipe: Eggplant

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
purple, white
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2003 Jul 24 to 2003 Oct 52004 Jul 29 to 2004 Oct 262005 Jul 28 to 2005 Nov 152006 Jul 4 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jun 25 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jun 24 to 2008 Nov 102009 Jul 10 to 2009 Sep 12010 Jul 17 to 2010 Dec 12012 Jul 20 to 2012 Nov 72013 Sep 1 to 2013 Nov 152014 Jul 17 to 2014 Jul 30
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