4. Cookstown Orange Eggplant are another variety that looks somewhat like a Tomato. They start green and ripen to a tomato reddish orange with green stripes. Good taste, not bitter if harvested young, if allowed to fully mature the seeds give it a bitter taste. Edible and ornamental.
5. Gilo or Jilo aka Solanum melongena 'Red Egg' is a South American heirloom eggplant. It ripens to a brilliant red and is about the size of a handball. When properly prepared this variety can be fashioned into some tasty dishes. Like most red eggplant it is best used before full maturity to curtail the bitter taste that the seeds impart.
6. Goyo Kumba is an African heirloom eggplant that produces abundant quantities of deep red tomato like eggplants. Best used as an ornamental only.
7.Korean Red eggplant small eggplants at only 6 oz. each maximum. The fruits like a tomato start out green and ripen to a tomto red. Best harvested before the seeds mature which is what gives red eggplants their bitter taste otherwise it works well only as an ornamental.
8.Pumpkin on a Stick Eggplant is grown for ornamental purposes only. They are miniature eggplants that look like mini pumpkins and commonly used around the fall holidays.
9. Red Moroccan Eggplant is next to impossible to find but it does exist. I tried an eggplant Parmesan variety once that was made with this variety and it knocked my socks off, but have been unable to locate a reliable seed source.
10. Red China Eggplant Beautiful and Edible. Fruits are similar to miniature pumpkins in appearance and prolifically produced on upright plants.
When fully mature the eggplants are a fire engine red, but have lost much of their edible quality at this point. They are best picked when only a tad orange for culinary purposes.
11. Red Ruffled Eggplant also known as Hmong Red eggplant is my favorite red eggplant. It looks like the byproduct of a Menage a trois between a tomato, pepper and eggplant - if that were at all possible. Bitter tasting when fully mature, best harvested young.
12. Striped Toga Eggplant are borne in small clusters on a 3 - 4 foot bushy perennial plant. They start out yellow and gradually morph to Orange with green stripes. Grown largely as an ornamental they are also edible as any other eggplant is. Best picked before peak maturity.
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