Produces deep purple-black, tear-drop shaped fruit. Eggplants are heat loving and damaged by cold. Easy to grow and harvest, fruit should yield to slight thumb pressure when ready and stem should be cut, not broken, to remove fruit. Popular in Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Try serving them grilled, roasted, or stir-fried. Delicious when sliced in half and baked with oil and herbs. Wash fruits, vegetables and herbs thoroughly before eating. 63 days.