Solanum melongena (Eggplant /Aubergine)
Ripple series – Bright, Dark Green, Dusky, Green, Raspberry F1
The series is a spineless cluster type bred for protected production or grown in outdoor patio containers and pots available in three colours on semi-erect plants. All colours have a good taste fruiting continually throughout the summer. The fruits can be harvested regularly – little and often – which means that they can be added to the family menu as a regular feature.
‘Ripple Bright’ has shiny deep purple flecked white 60-80gram fruits
‘Ripple Dark Green’ has shiny dark green and paler green fruits flecked white 40-50gram fruits
‘Ripple Dusky’ has deep green striped purple 60-80gram fruits
‘Ripple Green’ has deep green striped white 60-80gram fruits
‘Ripple Raspberry’ has shiny white striped purple 100-150gram fruits
English common name: Eggplant / Aubergine
Typical fruit weight: 60-150 grams dependent on colour.
Typical fruit size: 5-10 x 4-8cm (length x width)
Typical fruits per plant: 15
Best period to harvest: as soon as the fruits attain their final size. If the fruits change colour to yellow (if white or green) or have an underlying yellow tinge (if black or purple), then this is botanic ripeness and the fruit will taste somewhat bitter. Harvest when the fruit is young and pure coloured to give the best culinary results.
Production: greenhouse and containers.
Best pot size for sales: 1.5 L; best pot size to grow on to fruiting 2 L+. Plants need good fertilisation throughout their growth.
Culinary use: Sliced in Asian stir fries, Indian curries or baked in Mediterranean dishes. Many recipes using the fruit can be found online.