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'Orient Express' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: Early Asian hybrid. 8- to 10-inch glossy black fruit with a purple calyx. Performs well under heat stress.
Days To Maturity: 58
Seed Sources:
 
Rating Summary
 
Overall: (3.6 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.0 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.4 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.0 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 03/21/2015 by NancyMA - An experienced gardener

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Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Yielded well throughout the season, in a season when my other eggplants didn't do as well. Very good taste.
 

Reviewed on 06/22/2011 by farmerdill - An experienced gardener

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Richmond, Georgia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Earlier than most eggplants. Produces well and quickly. Stands up well to heat. Medium size glossy fruits. Inferior to Ichiban but earlier. Good for anyone that wishes to be the first to pick eggplant.
 

Reviewed on 01/17/2009 by randydrivesabus - An experienced gardener

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Floyd, Virginia, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Early yield is excellent but falls off quickly. A good one to start with until standards come in.
 

Reviewed on 12/21/2006 by pepperhead212 - An experienced gardener

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Gloucester, New Jersey, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

I was not as impressed wtih this variety as I am with Ichiban, another similar Asian type. It produced a week earlier, but overall the yield was lower, as it slowed down; maybe due to the hot weather, though it didn't start up again when it got cooler, as some do. Flavor was good, but mild, and there was no bitterness, even later in the season, when fruits seemed to be maturing very small, and getting seedy.
 

Reviewed on 01/31/2005 by barkeater - An experienced gardener

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Vermont, United States
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Unbelievable earliness and cold tolerance for an eggplant. However, yields and glossy appearance decline about the time the big eggplants mature.
 




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