Eggplant, Red Ruffled
- Red-orange ribbed fruits grow up to 3 inches
- Fruits are bitter
- Plants grow to 2-3 foot
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
This variety is also known as "Hmong Red" and comes from Thailand. It was introduced as an ornamental plant in the 19th century and is used by florists in fall arrangements as the fruit resembles miniature pumpkins.
The eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and, as such, is related to both tomatoes and potatoes. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia for thousands of years. The first written record of it is from a Chinese agricultural paper from the year 544 and it was noted in the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages.
The name "eggplant" most likely comes from European varieties of the 18th century that were yellow or white and did, in fact, resemble the egg of a goose. In British English it is known as an aubergine.
Learn to Grow it
Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
Germination: 14 Days
Plant Outdoors: 18-24” Apart
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Transplant outdoors once danger of frost has passed and soil is warm. Using landscape fabric or black plastic can accelerate growth and productivity in cooler climates.