THE 2024 CATALOGUE IS HERE!!! And it's our best yet. Featuring over 550 crops — 100 of them new — this is our biggest catalogue ever. NOTE: After delaying most shipments due to the extreme cold weather, we are working through the backlog now. Thank you for your patience!
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 may be most notable. To growers with cooler seasons and in other places where eggplants are a challenge to grow: give the "Sesame Eggplant" a try! You won’t be disappointed.
Not as early as the Chi Yei Eggplant that we sell, but does ripen in time in Minnesota from our experiences in a multiple years.
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.