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'Pingtung Long' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: Early- to mid-season Asian hybrid. 12-inch, light-purple fruit darkens at maturity. Stress tolerant. Also known as 'Ping Tung' and 'Ping-Tung Long'.
Days To Maturity: 58-75
Seed Sources: Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014

 
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Overall: (4.5 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.2 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.8 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.1 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 10/12/2014 by tbird - An intermediate gardener

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Cook, Illinois, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

This is the standard for us now. wonderful taste and no need to skin. Cooks up quickly due to tender skin, so put into stir fries with mushrooms. rarely if ever bitter
 

Reviewed on 10/07/2012 by mstbird - An intermediate gardener

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Cook, Illinois, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Not Sure
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Loved this one. We found it delicious and productive. Only had 1 plant, started in January, in a 2 gal container by the time I planted out in june/july. Just kept on going - has a few on it now (october) that may make it. it performed better than the other varieties we had.
 

Reviewed on 08/15/2012 by Little Minnie - An experienced gardener

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Sherburne, Minnesota, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Not as productive as I assumed they would be but a very nice variety anyway. Attractive and easy to grow.
 

Reviewed on 05/30/2012 by plainolebill - An experienced gardener

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

This review is for Peng Tung, I\'m not sure if it\'s exactly the same variety listed here. We grew the plant last year and were very happy, even with probably the worst spring in the past 40 years we managed to get 2/3 nice sized and very tasty fruit per plant. Very beautiful purple violet with this skin, unlike some of the Japanese varieties. It is tough to germinate as someone else pointed out. We\'re growing it again. Happy gardening.
 

Reviewed on 08/24/2011 by Ferdzy - An intermediate gardener

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Ontario, Canada
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

We have grown these for 2 years now, and they look like being a staple for us. Germination has been good for us, and production reasonably early and not bad. We can probably expect about 5 eggplants per plant over the season, which is as well as I have ever done with eggplants in our relatively cool, not-too-long summers. These have always been tender and never bitter. Fruits are also lovely; long and thin and a nice light purple. They can get long enough to drag on the ground but we have had no pest problems thus far.
 

Reviewed on 02/25/2010 by htg97 - An experienced gardener

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Ontario, Canada
Frost Free Season: 103 - 123 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

The germination is poor, I scatter the seeds in a seedling tray and transplant @ first true leaf to individual pots. I have to use 8" pots so they'll be big when I plant them out in June. Not very productive but worth growing for taste.
 

Reviewed on 01/21/2010 by nixie - An experienced gardener

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San Diego, California, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 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

productive and easy over a long season
 

Reviewed on 03/12/2009 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

Poor germination, disappointing flavor, very poor yield too. Perhaps it does not like my tropical climate.
 

Reviewed on 03/11/2009 by containergardener - An experienced gardener

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Los Angeles, California, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Best tasting oriental variety. Beautiful plant and fruit. Our current favorite. Good producer. Grows well in a 5-gallon container. We have yet to try it in a garden bed. Germination can be a bit spotty. So start 2 or 3 seeds in a 3-inch pot, over heat and under light. Thin to best seedling.
 

Reviewed on 01/30/2007 by hidebeetle - An intermediate gardener

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Multnomah, Oregon, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

A reliable standard for eggplant in western Oregon, on the margins of where eggplant will grow. It would be perfect if yields were higher. Fruit is great quality, very beautiful, and plants will produce in the most marginal climate and weather (cool, short, rainy), but don't expect bumper crops.
 

Reviewed on 03/09/2006 by Lillith - An intermediate gardener

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Apache, Arizona, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

These are the most beautiful and tasty eggplants I've ever grown. The bushes are beautiful and very productive. I love the shape because they are easy to peel and slice. They are relatively sweet with lots of meat and have very little seed. This is the only kind of eggplant we grow anymore.
 

Reviewed on 12/31/2005 by Perdidojim - An experienced gardener

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Escambia, Florida, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Sand
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Beautiful dark lavender, long, slender fruit. I usually pick them when they're about six inches long. Very good flavor with no bitterness. I have planted Pingtung for three years alongside Millionaire (two years), Green Goddess (three years), and Louisiana Long Green (one year). One of the years, Pingtung out-produced both of the other varieties. In two of the years, Green Goddess outproduced Pingtung. And one of the years Millionaire outproduced Pingtung. So in general, Pingtung is a productive variety. In all years, it has produced later in the season than any other variety. Of all the varieties I've tried, Pingtung is my overall favorite.
 

Reviewed on 12/12/2005 by Paani - An experienced gardener

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St. Louis City, Missouri, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

This is my staple eggplant of this type. Excellent germination. Have never had a disease problem. Starts producing quickly and gives a steady yield all season. Very good for any stir-fry or curry dish. They do start to get soft soon after picking, so best to pick for immediate use. Grown in MO.
 




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