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'Casper' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: Early to mid-season variety. Compact plants bear 6-inch by 2- to 3-inch, shiny, ivory fruit with snow-white flesh. Also known as 'Casper White'.
Days To Maturity: 70-75
Seed Sources: Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014

 
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Overall: (4.3 Stars)Overall
Taste: (4.1 Stars)Taste
Yield: (4.0 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.3 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 04/01/2015 by Jeanie - An intermediate gardener

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Dane, Wisconsin, 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

My favorite eggplant. It grows well and produces a bounty of fruit. The long shape is perfect for rattatoui or stir fry. It is firmer than its purple counterpoints, but you need to keep them picked or the skin will start to discolor. Flavor is the same as other eggplant.
 

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

One of the best white heirloom eggplants for my area. great taste, never bitter not even when going to seed. First to produce, last to stop. Heavy producer. Slows in hot weather, but mulching can help it keep going when it is hot out. Also produces well in Fall and Winter here. Stress resistant, and can handle a lot of diseases and fungi that will kill many other eggplant varieties.
 

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

I only planted this once, as I did not get great yield, and the flavor, while not bad, was rather bland, even when full grown and the seeds were starting to develop. No bitterness when full grown, but not much eggplant flavor, either.
 

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

Elongated Asian type. Stout, upright bush to 3 feet, green leaves. Seems exceptionally tolerant of cool weather, high pH (mine is around 8.0) and resistant to fungal wilt. Thrives here where most varieties struggle, or fail - I was picking "Casper" this year when "Little Fingers" hadn't even bloomed yet! This variety sets fruit early - seeming to actually prefer cool weather - and stops producing during the heat of summer; then as mentioned by another reviewer, picks up again in Fall with a strong finish just before frost. This makes it an excellent companion to a hot-weather variety (such as "Diamond"); one of the two will always be bearing. My favorite by far for flavor, nearly bitter-free. Only its failure to produce in hot weather keeps me from giving it a perfect rating; but for those with short seasons or summer cold snaps, this variety could be the difference between success & failure.
 

Reviewed on 05/17/2006 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

This cultivar does not do well here. For white eggplant Cloud Nine leaves it in the dust.
 

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

A fantastic heirloom. Superb taste, never bitter. First to produce, last to stop. Heavy producer. Slows in summer to take a breather, resumes in a few weeks and goes till frost. Tough plants.
 

Reviewed on 11/17/2005 by Leah Grunzke - An experienced gardener

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

This eggplant blew me away! Just kept producing more and more, even in Montana! Gorgeous and tasty. Careful to keep the fruits off the ground if you're trying to market them, as they get yucky brown spots.
 




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