Apple Green Eggplant (Solanum melongena) Very productive
Apple Green Eggplant - No need to peel. Extra-early - Organic !Approximately 8,000 seeds/oz.
Apple Green Eggplant
(Solanum melongena) Developed by the late Professor Elwyn Meader in New Hampshire in 1964. Productive upright 2-3' plants. Oval fruits are 5" in diameter with pale green skin and mild white flesh. Non-acid flavor, no need to peel. Extra-early and productive, does well even in cool and wet conditions. 62-70 days from transplant..
HOW TO GROW:
Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Transplant in late spring/summer (soil temperatures at least above 60Â°F) in a very warm and sunny location. Eggplants are heavy feeders so use a balanced fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and few fruits.
One of the most versatile vegetables around - called the King of Vegetables by some cultures.
An essential ingredient in curry dishes.
Popular in Asian cooking - in green and red curry, Thai eggplants are quartered and cooked in the curry sauce where they become softer and absorb the flavor of the sauce.
Can be made into soups, purÃ©ed, stewed, stuffed, fried, pickled, cooked whole, used in salads, slices dipped in batter (fritters) or drizzled with olive oil and grilled or roasted.
Great for hors d'oeuvres, kebabs and other eggplant dishes.
The fruit â while they are still green.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
Rich source of dietary fiber â help regulates smooth bowel movements, lowers blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
One cup serving of eggplant would contain approximately 10% of the recommended dietary fiber.
Eggplants contain small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B-3 and vitamin B-6.
The potassium in the eggplants is beneficial for those suffering from low blood pressure levels and it also regulates the beating of the heart.
Other essential minerals include potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper.
Contain phytonutrients like flavonoids, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid.
The flavonoid Nasunin in eggplants, has high levels of antioxidant properties and is known to be a scavenger of free radicals, thus protecting the cells of the body. Nasunin is also known for its ability to protect the fats surrounding the cell membrane of the brain.
The chlorogenic acid it contains is known to be the most potent antioxidant that displays antimicrobial, antiviral and antitumor abilities and plays an important role in the prevention of many diseases.
Did You Know? Eggplants are also used as a trap crop for cucumber beetles.
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