Eggplant Ping Tung Long
Eggplant Ping Tung Long is an heirloom from Taiwan that produces some very long (30 to 40cm) slim eggplant. They are a lavender colour and well regarded in my kitchen come January to April when they mature in the hot house.
Sow – Start on a heat mat or indoors in August, plant out after risk of frost and soils warmed (early to mid-November) (cool climate). Can start earlier if planting in a hot house. Lay black plastic on ground and plant into an X cut-out if planting outside. They need max warmth in Tasmania.
Spacing – 60-80cm. I grow like tomatoes thinning to 2 leading stems for easier management and high yields in a hothouse.
Most commonly purple, the spongy, absorbent fruit is used in several cuisines. Typically used as a vegetable in cooking, it is a berry by botanical definition. As a member of the genus Solanum, it is related to the tomato, chili pepper, and potato
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 24 to 30 C (around 10 to 20 days to germination, longer at lower temps)