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Old 1 Week Ago   #46
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I found Ichiban starter plants at my local nursery last year, under the brand name "Chef Jeff."

Amazon has a listing for Ichiban seeds from Pase for $1.79 with free shipping, but the arrival date may put you off. Here's a link to that listing:
https://www.amazon.com/pasegreenhous...s%2C197&sr=8-2

Bonnie Plants lists Ichiban as a starter plant that they will offer, depending on location, so seeds are still out there, but more controlled distribution.

And...last but not least, you can find them for sale at Hazzard's Greenhouse, but the minimum quantity is 250 seeds for $14.66 plus shipping. That's a whole lotta eggplant seeds.

https://www.hazzardsgreenhouse.com/M...uct_Code=E4120

BTW, Kürüme is an even better alternative that is almost identical to Ichiban but sweeter, and it's open-pollinated. Kitizawa has seeds on their website, or you can find it listed on Amazon from Kitizawa, which saves you a bit on shipping if that's the only seed you'd be buying from Kitizawa.

I love Kurume a lot.

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I wish some gardeners from this forum lived closer to me. I would love to drop off some extra pepper, tomato,and eggplant's. I always germinate more than I can plant and then run around trying to give them away. I know I will have extra Nadia and White Star eggplant's this year. I've never grown these varieties and I have no idea how they will perform. I don't grow the old black varieties because they were simply to bitter for my taste. It was easy to get rid of the bitterness by salting the flesh extracting the water and then rinsing them to get rid of the salt. I just don't like stuff that requires extra steps to prepare. Having never grown Nadia, it may be bitter. I suppose I will find out. I've never found a bitter white variety. I love eggplant, but no one else in my family does.
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If someone has grown/tasted both, thoughts on Ping Tung vs Kurume? Flavor is the priority over production and other criteria.
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I wish some gardeners from this forum lived closer to me. I would love to drop off some extra pepper, tomato,and eggplant's. I always germinate more than I can plant and then run around trying to give them away. I know I will have extra Nadia and White Star eggplant's this year. I've never grown these varieties and I have no idea how they will perform. I don't grow the old black varieties because they were simply to bitter for my taste. It was easy to get rid of the bitterness by salting the flesh extracting the water and then rinsing them to get rid of the salt. I just don't like stuff that requires extra steps to prepare. Having never grown Nadia, it may be bitter. I suppose I will find out. I've never found a bitter white variety. I love eggplant, but no one else in my family does.
Too bad no one else loves eggplant; I can’t imagine a growing season without it.
I’m awful about starting too many seeds as well, and so am starting to ask around at work for takers. I’ll hit up my neighbors and local friends too.
It’s just so much fun starting seeds, that’s the problem.
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I start way too many as well, but have found the answer for me is that I can bring a whole bunch of them to my kid's high school PTA plant sale. It is worth seeing if something else is around locally. The only problem is now that I have the excuse I'm just starting even more.

To keep it eggplant relevent - I've started Fairytale (a dwarf) and Millionaire for this year. I grew Ping Tung last year and really enjoyed it, but for some reason I don't see any of the one's I put into wet paper towels germinating. It has been almost a week and the other two varieties started sprouting in about 48 hours. Anyone find Ping Tung to be a late sprouter or is it time to give up on them? They were new seeds this year.
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I bought seeds for Ping Tung and they started germinating after 7 days in paper, same time with Thai Green (no idea how old the seeds were). The fastest has been Aragon at 4 days, for comparison, so I think Ping Tung is not particularly slow. Now Irene F1, says packaged end 2018 (official pack from Italy), took exactly 15 days, which is insane, and they all sprouted then, 100%, that's what I would call late.
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I only have had good luck with Black Bell. The seed is a little hard to find. Black Bell is early enough for my short season and it is consistently a good producer.
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I got plants of Nadia and Galina at a plant sale last year, and these two were my biggest producers of dark oval eggplants. Excellent flavor!

After someone noted that raw Mitoyo was good, I started tasting my eggplants raw. All of them were "sweet" (no bitterness at all) except for a small white variety, which was so bitter that I pulled up the plant!
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If someone has grown/tasted both, thoughts on Ping Tung vs Kurume? Flavor is the priority over production and other criteria.
I have grown both. Ping Tung only once.
Kurume is back every year. I originally tried it the year I could no longer find Ichiban, and it turned out even better than Ichiban (slightly sweeter).

Ping Tung was more bland and drier when I grew it. Also it was a skinnier, longer pale purple eggplant. Kurume looks almost identical to Ichiban, and very productive, too.

I still grab an Ichiban starter plant when I run across it at the nursery, but Kurume is one of my regulars regardless.. along with Mitoyo, Kamo, Listada, Round Mauve, and Rosita..

Of all those, Kurume and Kamo are my favorites, and especially good grilled with EVOO and a pinch of salt & pepper.
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