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'Brazilian Oval Orange' Eggplant
Sub-Category: Midseason
Description: Tall erect plants with dark green foliage bear small, oval, shiny bright green fruit that ripen through orange to bright red at full maturity. Also known as 'Brazilian Mini Orange'.
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Reviewed on 03/07/2009 by Hartford - An experienced gardener

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Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Frost Free Season: 183 - 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

Botanical name I believe is Solanum Jilo redondo and is grown largely in and around Sao Paulo, Brasil. The Jilo that is preferable is Solanum Jilo verde claro and is very popular for the large Brazilian community here in the Boston area. The growing habit is the same but the fruit is longer and not round. They start out a bright green and as the fruit matures it turns to a yellowish/green to a pumpkin orange to a bright red. This is when the fruit is real bitter and loaded with seeds. It is best to pick them early and often for the Brazilian market. I have a Brazilian farm ( FAZENDA BRASIL) and grow about 4000 plants per year. I can pick around 1000 to 1500 lbs per week and sell for $3.50 pp. I also grow couve, (collard), maxixe, (cucumber), quiabo, (okra) Feed or cow corn, (milho) Hot peppers, (pimenta malagueta), as well as other non ethnic veggies.

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