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'Turkish Orange' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Midseason
 
Description: Early- to main-season variety. Bushy 18- to 48-inch plants produce 15 to 25, round, brilliant-orange, egg-shaped fruit. (They should be eaten in the green stage, however.) Insect-resistant. Also known as 'Turkish Italian Orange'.
Days To Maturity: 65-85
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Yield: (3.3 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (3.7 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 12/24/2011 by IraH - An experienced gardener

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Chenango, New York, 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

i was especially excited to try this variety as my grandparents were born and raised in turkey i was skeptical how they would produce in upstate new york.. the plants were vigorous abd heavy yielding but thats about it.. i found the taste inedible in the orange stage and very very bad in the green stage... they were interesting to look at but thats about it
 

Reviewed on 08/15/2008 by smurfette0424 -

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Montgomery, Maryland, United States
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My 5 plants have produced about 2 little eggplants each. They are cute and take up very little space, but the tiny size makes them a pain to prepare for dinner. Furthermore, they don't produce anywhere near enough eggplants to justify their small golfball size. It's true that they're somewhat more bitter than other eggplants, but not overwhelmingly so. I will not grow these again.
 

Reviewed on 11/17/2006 by Zeedman - An experienced gardener

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Winnebago, Wisconsin, 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: More than 8 hours per day

70 days here. Sprawling bush 2.5 feet wide, with deep green oak-shaped leaves. More shade-tolerant than regular eggplant (this is S. integrifolium). The vigor & earliness of this African variety (it's not Turkish) really surprised me, since my source didn't think it would grow here. Clusters of tiny white flowers appeared about 5 weeks after transplant, followed by round 2" green fruit, which eventually ripened to bright orange. Very productive, attractive - and bitter. Even harvested green (its recommended use), the bitterness was still too strong for me, and several attempts to reduce it were ineffective. This plant is ornamental (especially in the Fall, when covered in orange fruit), and has many positives if you are a fan of bitter cuisine.
 




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