The white eggplant also known as Casper eggplant is named for its ghostly white color. The Casper eggplant has a unique flavor and its fruits are 5” to 7” (13 to 18 cm) long. Learn how and when to harvest Casper eggplant correctly to enjoy this eggplant in your meals.
The Casper eggplant has its origin in France, this variety is well adapted to grow in small places and with short growing seasons as it is in the northern latitudes. Continue reading to learn how and when to harvest Casper eggplant.
When to Harvest Casper Eggplant
When to Harvest Casper Eggplant? Approximately 70 to 75 days after planting, the Casper eggplant will be ripe for harvesting. Of course, you should not only count the days of ripening of the Casper eggplant to know when to harvest.
The fruits of the Casper eggplant should have smooth, shiny white skin. To the touch, the Casper eggplant should be firm. Casper eggplants are normally 5” to 7” (13 to 18 cm) long when ready to harvest.
Casper eggplant can be grown in the spring after frost, which means that you can harvest Casper eggplants until fall when frost begins. In tropical climate zones, you can have the Casper eggplant plant all year round.
So, to know when to harvest Casper eggplant, you should count the days of maturity and observe the condition of the fruit. A ripe Casper eggplant fruit will have firm skin and bright white color. The size of the white eggplant is from 5” to 7” (13 to 18 cm) long.
How to Harvest Casper Eggplant
How to Harvest Casper Eggplant? Harvesting Casper eggplant is very easy. First, you will need to use a pruning shear or sharp knife. Be sure to disinfect your tools with alcohol before harvesting eggplant. Not all Casper eggplants will ripen at the same time, and therefore you must use sharp tools to make a perfect cut and avoid damaging the plant.
Select the Casper eggplants that you observe mature, as mentioned above you should look at the brightness of the skin and the size of the eggplant. Then with the pruning shears or knife cut the stem of the eggplant and leave a small stem on the fruit for better preservation and to maintain freshness.
As not all eggplants will ripen at the same time you must make a perfect cut to avoid damaging the plant, this way the plant will continue to produce fruit. It is important to always disinfect the tools with alcohol before harvesting.
Remember to observe the size, color, brightness, and firmness of the Casper eggplant to know when is the right time to harvest the Casper eggplant. It is more important to observe these characteristics than the maturity days of the fruit.
How to Grow Casper Eggplant
How to Grow Casper Eggplant? Growing Casper eggplant is very similar to the other eggplant varieties. About eight to ten weeks before the last frost starts growing Casper eggplant indoors in a seedbed. Use soil rich in nutrients and with good drainage. Cover the Casper eggplant seeds with a thin layer of soil, the seeds should not be buried.
Place the seedbed in a place where it receives sunlight and maintains humidity. Mild sunlight is preferable. In a few weeks, you will have your Casper eggplant seedlings.
Once the frost has passed and the soil temperature is 60 °F (16 °C) or above, you can repot your Casper eggplant seedlings. Apply mulch to conserve moisture and prevent weed growth. Maintain soil moisture, but do not overwater.
The ideal soil pH for Casper eggplant growth is between 6 and 6.5. You can learn more about pH in plants in our article about how to measure soil pH. I recommend applying fertilizer during the growth stage of Casper eggplant.
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How Does White Eggplant Taste
How Does White Eggplant Taste? White eggplant has a slightly smoky mushroom flavor. With its mild flavor very similar to mushrooms, white eggplant is ideal for preparing stews and soups. Some people also make roasted white eggplant, and it is very tasty.
Casper eggplant is a variety of eggplant, very striking for its color and flavor. This variety of eggplant is one of my favorites along with fairy tale eggplant to prepare stews or soups.
I hope this article about when to harvest Casper eggplant will be useful, and you will be able to harvest white eggplant at the right time. I recommend our other articles about different varieties of eggplant: