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'Swallow' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: Early Asian hybrid. Glossy, purple-black, 1 3/4-inch by 7-inch fruit.
Days To Maturity: 51
Seed Sources:
 
Rating Summary
 
Overall: (3.8 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.0 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.6 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.4 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 11/25/2009 by Caroline - An intermediate gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

I grew these in large containers under row cover (for flea beetle control), and despite a cool, wet summer I was happy with the results. 6-7 fruits per plant, mostly seedless and very good flavor. No real problems with disease. Only insect problem was aphids.
 

Reviewed on 06/09/2009 by DDeskowitz - An experienced gardener

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Jefferson, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Last year 2008 I added two extra handfulls of composted cow manure to my soil wherever I planted my Swallow seedlings and they took off like racehorses soon as high humidity and temp hit my area. Luckily I staked them because they reached 3 foot tall. I harvested 6-9 2x10(average size) fruits off every single plant. Only issue was they attracted jap beetles. So I simply planted bright red geraniums around them and problem was solved. hearty taste and no seeds made for no acidity to notice hence no heartburn for me!
 

Reviewed on 03/10/2009 by GardenerHI - An experienced gardener

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Disappointing flavor, poor germination, and lackluster yield.
 

Reviewed on 05/09/2006 by Cranberry fiend - An experienced gardener

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Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Always the first one out of the gate; seems the more you pick, the more you get. I pick them anywhere fro 6" to 12" long by 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" in diameter. Great griller, born on 3' tall by 2-3' wide bush shape plants. Beautiful purple flowers, dark purple stems and dark purple blushed leaves. Each of 3 plants gave me over a dozen fruits.
 

Reviewed on 09/15/2004 by Pat - An experienced gardener

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Tompkins, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Excellent early-bearing variety that is easy to grow from seed; no bitter taste; lots of slender eggplants per plant (I rated yield as 4 because the fruits are smaller); adaptable to growing in large containers; delicious sliced in half lengthwise, and sauteed with a little garlic oil
 




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