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Badenjan Sesame Eggplant
Badenjan Sesame Eggplant

Badenjan Sesame Eggplant

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Solanum melongena

Origin: Kandahar, Afghanistan

Improvement status: Cultivar

Seeds per packet: ~40 (Farmer bulk available in category above)

Germination tested 12/2019: 65%

Life cycle: Annual

EFN INTRODUCTION. This very unique and rare eggplant is from Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was collected by a USDA plant explorer named E.E. Smith, during a time when it would not have been unusual for a scientist from the United States to travel to Afghanistan. The name means, as far as we can tell, "Sesame Eggplant," and indeed — though it might be our imaginations at work — the cooked fruit has a flavor somewhat like a milder version of tahini. They are a pale green when best for eating, and ripen to a bright vivid yellow when ready to be harvested for seed. Many attributes make this a worthy variety to grow, but its drought resistance and earliness are among the most notable. It can likely be grown in all but the driest places without irrigation (except while being established), and it is one of the earliest producing eggplants you will find, typically putting off its first fruit in less than 60 days. To growers with cooler and shorter seasons, and in other places where eggplants are a challenge to grow: give the "Sesame Eggplant" a try! You won’t be disappointed.

GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March. Plant out in field after danger of last frost. Plants should be 18-24 inches apart. Full sun preferred. Harvest at decent size when pale green.