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
Latin name: Solanum melongena
Life cycle: Annual
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.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!