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Gilo Eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum)
Gilo Tingua Eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum): this ornamental variety comes from Brazil, the fruits are edible, better to consume them when still immature, dark green. It is also known as African Eggplant, and Mock Tomato (it is said to be related to both, eggplants and tomatoes).
The plant, like most of the ones in this species, has dark stem and veins , which make it even prettier because of the colour contrast with the leaves. The numerous fruits, about 10-12 cm, are initially green and turn into a very bright red/orange when ripe, a real beauty to look at. They hang from plant for a long time, but we recommend removing them to increase their production. This is a very rustic plant, perfect for pots, it tolerates poor irrigation well, and the stress that entails container cultivation. The organoleptic characteristics are average, cultivate it because of its botanica l or ornamental features.