The Red Ruffled Eggplant, sometimes called Hmong Red can be traced back to an African lineage, it was popularized in Asia and has since spread to Europe and the Americas.
Red Ruffled Eggplant basically looks like the byproduct of a Menage a trois between a tomato, pepper and eggplant - if that were at all possible.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 11
Germination from seed Aprox. 14 days.
Maturity at 65 to 70 days.
Spacing - 18 to 24 inches
Plant Height - 2 - 3 ft.
Size 2 - 3 inches Round
Color: Red - Orange
Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.0
Average Yields by Weight - Slightly above average by quantity.
The plants produce a ribbed red-Orange eggplant about 3" in circumference. The plants themselves reach up to 3 feet in height sometimes a tad taller.
The floral Industry uses these for decorative purposes and calls them miniature pumpkins, but they are edible and tasty when properly cooked. They can be very bitter at times and do not adapt well to all recipes.
The foliage is blue-green with purple veins and spines, which lend to their aesthetic appeal, the combination of the striking foliage with laden with Orange - Red fruit is striking. The blooms range from white to lavender.
This plant does not fare well in cool weather and should be set out in late spring.
All eggplant varieties are highly susceptible to flea beetle, attack particularly early in the season. Aphids also attack these plants and come later in the season. Varieties of Aphids that attack eggplants are generally either a light blue-green or amber.