How and When To Harvest Eggplant Black Beauty

Black Beauty eggplants are very tasty and easy to grow. With eggplants, you should prepare a lot of dishes in your kitchen. In this article, we will explain how and when to harvest eggplant Black Beauty.

Black Beauty eggplant plants grow to 4 feet (120 cm) in height, although 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) in height is normal. This species of eggplant can produce 2 to 4 pounds (900 to 1800 grams) of Black Beauty eggplants per plant. Although Black Beauty eggplant produces large fruits, these fruits will be ripe in 75 to 90 days.

When to Harvest Eggplant Black Beauty

When to Harvest Eggplant Black Beauty? Eggplant Black Beauty should be harvested 75 to 90 days after planting. The first thing you should observe to know if you can harvest Black Beauty eggplant is the firmness, if the eggplant is firm to the touch, is a good sign.

Another way to know when to harvest black beauty eggplant is when the skin is firm and shiny. The best time to harvest black beauty eggplant is when the skin is firm to the touch and shiny.

If you leave your Black Beauty eggplant on the plant for too long, it will start to lose its luster and its flavor will become bitter. Eggplants are harvested before they are fully ripe to avoid bitter taste.

In summary, to harvest Black Beauty eggplant, you must observe that the fruit is firm and shiny. If you want to save seeds of Black Beauty eggplant, you should let one fruit ripen completely on the plant. You will not be able to consume this eggplant because of the bitter taste, but you will have Black Beauty eggplant seeds for next year.

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When to pick Eggplant Black Beauty? Black Beauty eggplant should be picked 75 to 90 days after planting.

How to Harvest Eggplant Black Beauty

How to Harvest Eggplant Black Beauty? You should expect to harvest Black Beauty eggplant when it is at least 5″ (12 cm) long and has shiny skin.

Cut the Black Beauty eggplant with scissors or a sharp knife. Always disinfect the knife or scissors with alcohol. Choose the largest, firmest, and shiniest Black Beauty eggplant. This is the moment when the eggplant will be more flavorful and not bitter.

We recommend wearing gardening gloves and a long-sleeved shirt when picking black beauty eggplant because the thorny stems of eggplants can irritate the skin.

Once harvested, Black Beauty eggplants should be consumed within 2 days or refrigerated for no more than a week. Another option to preserve eggplant is to pickle them.

How to Grow Black Beauty Eggplant

How to Grow Black Beauty Eggplant? Growing Black Beauty eggplant is very easy. Soak Black Beauty eggplant seeds overnight, any that float the next morning will not be suitable for planting. Bury the seeds at a depth of ¼ to ½ inch (0.6 to 1.2 cm) and let them grow, after 8 to 10 weeks you can transplant the Black Beauty eggplant seedlings. Use soil rich in organic matter, and nutrients and with good drainage. Never transplant Black Beauty eggplant seedlings if frost is still present.

Black Beauty eggplants need plenty of sun and warm weather for proper growth. When Black Beauty eggplant seedlings have grown sufficiently (8 to 10 weeks from planting) you should transplant them to the garden or pot. Make sure that the place chosen to grow Black Beauty eggplant has good lighting and there is no risk of frost.

Tip: If you get the room temperature between 75-86 °F (24-30 °C) the Black Beauty eggplant seeds will germinate faster and more successfully. In about 1 to 2 weeks, you will see the sprouts emerge. Learn more about how to grow eggplants and how and when to harvest Japanese eggplant.

Sow Right Seeds - Black Beauty Eggplant Seed for Planting - Non-GMO Heirloom Packet with Instructions to Plant an Outdoor Home Vegetable Garden - Great Gardening Gift (1)
  • Beautiful -- Large full-color packet of Black Beauty Eggplant (Solanum melongena) seeds. This popular heirloom variety is easy to grow and produces well. The large dark purple eggplants have the classic bell shape. Harvest when skin is glossy for best flavor and texture. Minimum of 400mg per packet.
  • Good Eats -- Roasted with olive oil, grilled, breaded and fried crispy, creamy eggplant and feta dip, or the classic Eggplant Parmesan, are all delicious ways to enjoy this healthy vegetable.
  • Productive Crop -- Eggplant is a close relative to tomatoes and potatoes and will be a prolific producer all season.
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Eggplant seedling, Black Beauty.
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