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'Diamond' Eggplant
 
Sub-Category: Early
 
Description: Early- to mid-season Ukrainian variety. 20- to 25-inch plants bear dark purple, 6- to 9-inch by 2- to 3-inch fruit in clusters of 4 to 6.
Days To Maturity: 65-95
Seed Sources: Seed Savers Exchange - updated in 2014

 
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Overall: (5.0 Stars)Overall
Taste: (3.5 Stars)Taste
Yield: (5.0 Stars)Yield
Ease/Reliability: (4.8 Stars)Ease/Reliability
 
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Reviewed on 03/24/2014 by pea-picker - An intermediate gardener

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Belknap, New Hampshire, 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: 6 to 8 hours per day

We got over 120 eggplant from 6 plants the first time we tried them. They gave us the first eggplants only 70 days after transplanting our nine-week old plants. Each plant had been repotted into a 1 gallon black pot. We often picked many at a time, and they kept well for us for 5 or 6 days in a bowl on the table. They definitely like heat, and ours lasted until Nov. 2nd, when I forgot to cover them and frost did them in. Better yield than Listada de Gandia & Antigua varieties that I have grown.
 

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

Very early, good grower, looks cute and more \'normal\' for customers at market. I haven\'t tasted them. Productive and blemish free.
 

Reviewed on 09/27/2009 by LongIsland - An experienced gardener

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Suffolk, New York, 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

Easy to grow, short sturdy plants yielded early and produced fruit over a long period, usually 1 or 2 at a time. Tasted great when picked small, not bitter. If you wait too long they'll grow larger, but sometimes bitter and the seeds get hard. Also, for best flavor, use within 1 day of picking, or they lose their firmness. i.e. they didn't store well. In the spring start seeds early....the seeds took over 2 weeks to germinate.
 
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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. Robust spreading bush, 2' high X 3' wide, strong stems seldom break or lodge. Elongated purple fruit borne early, and in steadily-increasing numbers, with an exceptionally heavy yield in early autumn. The flavor is very good, with only occasional bitterness... only a few (such as "Casper" and "Pingtung") are better. Thrives on heat, but tolerates cooler temps. My high-pH soil & the prevalence of fungal wilt in my area stunt or kill most eggplant in my trials; but "Diamond" thrives year after year. Vigor, earliness, disease resistance, and yield are all _outstanding_; this is the standard against which I judge all others.
 
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