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Pumpkin Tree (Solanum aethiopicum)
Pumpkin Tree (Solanum aethiopicum): this curious eggplant has the appearance of a small pumpkin (5cm diameter ) It is curious and beautiful to look at.
Perennial in warm climates. To be sown in spring, 18ºc, it provides abundant fruiting until autumn.
The leaves are dark green, and the stem has thorns. This type of eggplant is used in hot countries because of its rusticity, and because it does not lose consistency in recipes that require long cooking times. This is a very important quality, since, in countries where the food cold chain is not efficient, meat requires long cooking times, hence this eggplant comes in handy.
It grows very well in pots. The Pumpkin Tree Eggplant is also cultivated out of botanical interest, and because of its great beauty. We are very fond of this plant, it was one of Seeds Hunters’ first discoveries, and has been part of our garden ever since.