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The classic variety used in Italian, French, and Mediterranean dishes, forming shiny globes averaging 5" - 6" long and anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds each.
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Eggplant, like all other solanums, is a heat-lover, so pick the sunniest spot in the yard and if possible, plant it where it will get reflected heat. 'Black Beauty' is the classic, purple-black, globe shaped eggplant commonly sold in grocery stores, averaging five to six inches long and anywhere from one to three pounds each. To help support such heavy fruit, place a cage or other support around your eggplant start when first planted. 'Black Beauty' eggplant grows two to three feet tall and wide, and adapts well to container gardening. Harvest fruits while the skin is still dark and shiny; frequent harvesting will encourage even more fruits.
|Culinary Uses||Usually cooked - fried, sauteed, roasted, steamed - in French, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisines|
|Harvest Time||Around 80 days after transplanting.|
|Mature Size||Usually 5" - 6-1/2" long, 1 to 3 pounds each. Better gauge for harvesting rather than size is when the skin is still dark and glossy.|
|Cold Hardiness||Frost sensitive perennial grown as an annual|
|Light||Full sun to partial sun|
|Structure||Upright - provide support when first planted. May be grown in large containers.|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|