I purchased a Black Beauty eggplant months and months ago at a local nursery. I’ve never grown eggplant before; so I thought I would give it a try. I didn’t expect much success. Now, I can’t get the danged thing to shut down. Eggplant. Eggplant. Eggplant!!!
I share them with friends and co-workers. Even if many don’t know how to use them, I hope they take them to incorporate into their Thanksgiving table. Their color is really really rich.
Here’s a look at old Black Beauty.
The only pests I noticed were grasshoppers. (Remember Eileen - I lean - from this summer?) They really, really enjoyed munching on the leaves. Sometimes earwigs invade fruit left on the bush too long.
Today, a few ladybugs were helping me out.
If you enjoy eggplant, Black Beauty can be highly recommended for zones 8 & 9.
Note: The eggplant was dug up on December 26. I had fruit on it but after a few nights of freezing weather, they joined the plant in the green waste. This is one sturdy plant.