The Northwest isn’t known for its eggplants. Cool summers and short seasons often leave the gardener anxiously watching, waiting and wondering if those purple flowers will ever bear a single fruit. Diamond is the cure for these eggplant-growing woes, with its early maturity and ability to thrive in cool soils. It beat out a dozen of supposedly early hybrid varieties in our trials, producing loads of slender 4-6” fruits on compact frames. It’s been a staple of our CSA and farmers markets for years. We love slicing and roasting these puppies with a bit of salt and olive oil. Rich buttery flavor with no bitterness. Introduced from Ukraine in 1993 via Seed Savers Exchange.
Days to Maturity: 80
Start indoors mid-March through early May.
Optimal soil temperature for germination is 85°.
Seed depth: ¼”. Maintain temp around 70° for healthy growth.
Plant spacing: 12-18”. Row spacing: 18-36”.
Harden off before transplanting. Plant in full sun.