This Sicilian Heirloom is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia, Rosa Bianca reaches 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 5 to 7 inches in length. It has a creamy flavor and is rarely bitter, unless very over ripe or under watered.
They fare well in moist hot weather, not so well in dry hot weather. In cooler regions they can still be grown, but with a diminished yield.
The eggplants are a ribbed and a variegated lavender, purple and white. They are notoriously slow to germinate but once sprouted they prove worth the wait. Common culinary uses include slicing, baking, stuffing or roasting - basically anything you would use standard eggplants for.
Start seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting outdoors.
Maturity at 80-85 days from transplant.
Germination from seed 14 - 20 days.
Color - Mottled Lavender-White
Average Plant Height - 24-36 Inches
Spacing - 18 to 24 Inches
Spread - 16-18 inches
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 11
Fruit Size 8 to 10 inch Length
Average Yields - each Plant should produce anywhere from 2 - 5 Eggplants.
Poorly watered plants will frequently produce bitter tasting eggplants, adequate moisture is essential.
Eggplant grows best in a well-drained sandy loam or loam soil, fairly high in organic matter. Start early indoors in peat pots or cell packs
Rows should be 3 to 5 ft. apart. Plants should be 2 to 3 ft. apart. Transplants should be about 6 weeks old and slightly hardened, grown in 2 inch. or larger pots.
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, sometimes black.
Its flavor and color are actually more desirable when harvested before full maturity. When it approaches its full 10 - 12" length the color darkens and it looses a wee bit of its mild taste. Harvesting early will also encourage new growth.
The outdoor environment can be very harsh for a transplant. So, harden the transplants before planting outdoors to increase their survival rate. Place them outdoors in their original containers where they will receive direct sunlight and some wind for a few hours each day for a week, possibly more. Gradually lengthen the amount of time outside each day. Move the plants inside at night.