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'Fairy Tale' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: F1 hybrid. Early-season. 18 to 30 inch plants bear showy lavender blossoms and clusters of mini-fruits 5 by 1 inch in size. Fruits are neon-violet striped with white. Good for containers. 2005 All American Selection. 50-65 days to maturity.
AAS Winner in the year 2005
Days To Maturity: 50-65
Seed Sources: Burpee Seeds - updated in 2016
Park Seed - updated in 2016
Johnny's Selected Seeds - updated in 2016

 
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Overall: (3.2 Stars)Overall
Taste: (3.7 Stars)Taste
Yield: (3.2 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.2 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 11/30/2017 by Susan-CCESchuyler - An experienced gardener

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Schuyler, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 123 - 143 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

never produced fruit
 

Reviewed on 10/12/2017 by Cutler Botanic Garden - An experienced gardener

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Broome, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Large - More than 1,600 square feet (40' x 40')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Planted 5/16/17. Crowded conditions, small yield.
 

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

Productive, tasty, and cute. Regularly does among the best of the eggplant varieties I grow. Modes seem particularly vulnerable to flea beetle damage, maybe because the plants are smaller than others.
 

Reviewed on 06/29/2014 by G.W. Greenleaf - A novice gardener

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Westchester, New York, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Need very warm germination and seedling conditions or initial growth will be very slow. Poor yield and fruit was much smaller than I anticipated. Too much trouble for so few results. Will not plant again.
 

Reviewed on 02/28/2011 by Joseph L - An experienced gardener

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

This is my favorite eggplant ever. Easy to grow. Easy to cook with. It sells well at the farmer's market.
 

Reviewed on 01/17/2010 by RBGardener - An intermediate gardener

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Gloucester, Virginia, United States
Frost Free Season: 163 - 183 days
Soil Texture: Loam
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Grew this variety for the first time for the '09 season along with two other varieties. Of the three, this was the most consistent producer throughout the whole season. I grew two plants in a 1/2 whisky barrel planter and they seemed to thrive. They produced a steady stream of 3 to 4 inch fruits that I used in stir fry or I just roasted under the broiler. The flavor was excellent. Unlike a previous reviewer, I found that they held a reasonable amount of time on the plant before losing any quality. I will be planting these again this year.
 
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Reviewed on 08/22/2009 by Collards - An intermediate gardener

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Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: More than 8 hours per day

Grew four plants in SWCs. Heavy producers early in the season, slowed during the hottest months and picked back up. Mild flavor, no bitterness, no need to peel. Excellent roasted or in casseroles. Will definitely grow again, even though some were affected by early blight that struck everything this year.
 
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Reviewed on 04/02/2009 by riceke - An experienced gardener

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Gwinnett, Georgia, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 203 days
Soil Texture: Clay
Garden Size: Small - Less than 400 square feet (20' x 20')
Sun Exposure: 6 to 8 hours per day

Planted 3 plants in a 5 gal container. Got loads of fruit the size of a sugar pear. Production diminished some in the mid summer heat in GA but it picked up again in the fall. I wasn't without eggplants. Although the fruits are small I found just chunking them up and sauteing with olive oil crushed garlic, onions and hot pepper seed was the way to enjoy this variety. Plants grew to about 24" but were quite bushy.
 
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Reviewed on 08/14/2008 by smurfette0424 -

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Montgomery, Maryland, United States
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Gorgeous, but the size is just too small. My two plants have been reasonably productive (so far, each has given me 3 eggplants). However, it's not worth growing such little eggplants without a huge yield. They are only 3-4" long and about 1" thick. I will likely not grow these again.
 

Reviewed on 02/07/2008 by lakeeriegarden - An intermediate gardener

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Lorain, Ohio, 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

I thought this was really, really good tasting with good yields of nice looking eggplants. We had a pretty cool summer last year but it was fine despite it. This deserved its AAS award. Eggplant have never made me this happy. Pretty, nice yield, great flavor in a cool summer is a nice combination.
 
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Reviewed on 09/05/2007 by sallyd - An intermediate gardener

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

This was my first year to grow eggplant. Purchased transplants and potted in containers. 5 gallon (or larger) containers are best, something I learned the hard way. Three of the transplants were put into smaller containers & did not fare too well until I later planted them into the garden. The plants in the larger containers have produced early, heavily and continuously throughtout a warmer than usual central Wisconsin summer, and in somewhat less than ideal full-sun growing conditions, yielding numerous up to 1 1/2 x 5 inch glossy fruit. I will definitely grow Fairy Tale again next year.
 
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Reviewed on 12/09/2006 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

The one year I grew this I got very little yield, and the flowering seemed totally stopped during the hottest part of the summer, and didn't start again until it got cooler, near fall. Not bad flavor, in the few I got from the dwarf or stunted plants, but nothing exceptional.
 

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

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

Despite its All America rating, this is a very special purpose eggplant, and it requires special treatment to derive any benefits from it. It is a dwarf plant, with a dwarf root system, so it is probably more suitable for container culture. The small fruit are borne in clusters and they go from fresh to past-their-prime and dull colored in maybe three days. To keep from losing most of your Fairy Tale fruits (and plants) to the compost pile you should check them daily and harvest them daily. If you do that you will get numerous small finger-sized fruits. I never figured out a good use for the little things in the kitchen. If you don't harvest several times a week, the over-mature little fruits will trigger the end of the fruiting cycle, which is what happened to most of mine. I consider them a novelty that requires a lot of extra attention for a relatively small payoff, and I won't grow them again.
 
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