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'Rosa Bianca' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Midseason
 
Description: Midseason, open-pollinated, Italian heirloom. 3- to 4-inch by 5-inch, 2- to 4-pound white fruit with lavender streaks and a creamy, pudding-like interior flesh. Fruit is narrow at the top, widening with indentations almost in folds like fabric. Also known as 'Rossa Bianca'.
Days To Maturity: 88
Seed Sources: Gurneys Seed & Nursery Co. - updated in 2019
Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014
Underwood Gardens - updated in 2011

 
Rating Summary
 
Overall: (3.9 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.4 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.2 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.9 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 04/22/2013 by A. W. Davidson - An experienced gardener

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

I really enjoyed Rosa Bianca last year. It was very productive, had great flavor, and handled the flea beetle and drough pressure very well. I will definitely grow again.
 

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 late day as you might think. Does fine here planted in black plastic. Fruits are not perfect but can be very beautiful. Production is decent for this type. I do now know how they taste but I hear great things.
 

Reviewed on 06/08/2009 by all8garden - An intermediate gardener

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Callaway, Missouri, 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

Rosa Bianca did wonderfully well for us. They produced so much, we were giving it away like it was zucchini. Mild flavor, mushroom like. Beautiful violet blushed fruits and 3' tall plants, some flea beetle damage. Loved the heat. Started the plants inside in Jan./Feb.. Grew in raised beds to overcome our heavy clay soil.
 
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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

This is definitely a variety to add to the eggplant garden. It was even more productive than the hybrid types in my garden - possibly because I live in the tropics and have a very long warm season. The truly awesome flavor, smooth texture, and nearly seedless LARGE fruits make this an heirloom well worth growing!!
 
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Reviewed on 02/03/2008 by Julie Artz - An experienced gardener

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

This is the most beautiful and tastiest eggplant I've ever experienced. I started mine from seed indoors about 12 weeks before our frost-free date, which may be why I've experienced a better yield than some of the other reviewers with about 6-8 eggplants per plant. Flea beetles are a problem for this and many other things in my garden, but I've been able to control them with a combination of keeping the young plants in a wall-of-water until the season really warms up, using diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the base of the plant and keeping this plant away from things like the beans & arugula that the beetles seem to really like.
 
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Reviewed on 04/23/2007 by wyldutah - An intermediate gardener

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Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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

Did not produce much in 100 temps of Salt Lake. I only got 1 eggplant Will grow something else this year
 

Reviewed on 12/02/2006 by XylemPhloemCallie - An experienced gardener

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Like other reviewers, I enjoyed Rosa Bianca's flavor. (And it's beautiful to boot.) But the yield was meager. I didn't get many eggplants out of them before the flea beetles attacked. This plant was destroyed by flea beetles.
 

Reviewed on 07/06/2006 by Grandad - An experienced gardener

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East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Frost Free Season: More than 203 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

This is definitely a variety to add to the eggplant garden. It's not as productive as the hybrid types but the taste is outstanding and easily justifies the lesser production.
 

Reviewed on 01/25/2006 by NeOkgrower - An experienced gardener

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Wagoner, Oklahoma, 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

An excellent, mild flavored heirloom. Likes heat, a main season eggplant. Large fruit. Tough plants.
 

Reviewed on 12/12/2005 by jvaldes - An intermediate gardener

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Cook, Illinois, 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

In terms of taste and ease/reliability I give this variety high marks. It is absolutley delicious and easy to grow. regarding yield it was a little on the low side. I think I harvested about 4 eggplants per plant. Despite the yield I will grow again.
 
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Reviewed on 08/26/2005 by Nancy B - An intermediate gardener

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Illinois, United States
Frost Free Season: 143 - 163 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Medium - 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Beautiful and tast,y, but not high yield and a bit varying depending on the heat of the Chicago summer.
 




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