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20/25 seeds

Cultivation: easy

Seed Saving: intermediate

Water Requirements: 4

Red Eggplant (Solanum aethipicum)

  • Red eggplant (Solanum aethiopicum): from Africa to Lucania, a very particular cultivar of Ethiopian eggplant selected in Southern Italy, where, for example, in the country of Lucano di Rotonda it takes the DOP denomination. Probably imported from Africa following the occupation of Ethiopia in the 1900s, it risked being lost in the past, whereas currently, thanks to the consortium created to protect it, it enjoys good health.

    The fruit, very similar to a tomato, does not have the typical eggplant taste, it is more spiced and slightly spicy, while the consistency is a little more leathery. In addition to the organoleptic characteristics that make it the queen of many preparations, it is rich in antioxidants, in fact it does not get black after cutting. The plant is very rustic, does not require frequent irrigation, but will not tolerate water stagnation. To be sown in spring, winter cultivation is also possible if in protected crops.

    The Red eggplant is part of those varieties at risk of disappearing that we distribute free of charge in the municipalities of origin and neighbors: just request it by leaving a message at the time of order or by phone and collect them totally free of charge at our headquarters.


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