hybrid. This Asian-type eggplant produces long, dark, glossy purple fruits. Thanks to their thin skins, tender flesh, and few seeds, these eggplants are ideal for grilling and stir-fries. “Shikou” means “supreme” in Japanese, and it’s no wonder: This is a beautiful plant that adds as much to the landscape as it does to your meals. As plants become loaded with fruit, they may need staking.
Shikou is Japanese for "supreme," which perfectly describes this outstanding eggplant. It produces beautiful, tasty fruits with tender, glossy, dark purple skin and white flesh with very few seeds. Because of its tender skins, the 6-8 in. long and 1–1½ in. wide fruits require no peeling. Just slice and enjoy grilled, sautéed or in stir-fry. Growing 18-24 in. tall, the plants are very attractive, making them a good choice for a container or the edible landscape. For the best flavor, harvest these eggplants when the skin is still shiny. Plants may be set outdoors after night temperatures are above 55 degrees.
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