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Eggplant   Endive   Escarole   Fennel   Florence Fennel   Gourd  
Eggplant syn. aubergine, brinjal
Solanum melongena
Eggplant is well worth growing, for the range of ethnic dishes it can be used in, its productiveness and the sheer beauty of the glossy fruit. They are attractive plants with grey-green leaves and pretty lilac flowers. It is a warm season annual, requiring a long growing season of 5 months frost-free. Seed needs a warm soil to germinate so in cooler areas it needs to be started inside either with a bottom heat propagator, on a warm window sill or the top of a hot water system. It germinates best between 23 - 28C. Sow in early spring in temperate and subtropical areas; sow all year in the tropics; eggplants are short-lived perennials in tropical areas. Although suitable for temperate, subtropical and tropical areas, small-fruited cultivars such as 'Little Finger' and 'Snowy' are a better choice in cold areas as they begin to crop earlier. Sow eggplant 5 - 8 mm deep into seedling pots; seed takes 10 - 14 days to germinate. Use liquid fertiliser once germinated and transplant when all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm. Transplanting into a cold soil will set seedlings back and the leaves may yellow. Space plants in a block 60 cm apart in full sun, in rich soil and stake. Prepare soil with compost or well-rotted manure, feed regularly with liquid manure, mulch well. Keep well watered, moisture stress causes bitterness. When plants reach 15 - 20 cm in height, pinch out the tips to encourage branching. Pinching out the tips again at 38 - 40 cm will encourage fruit formation. Well-grown plants can reach 60 - 90 cm tall. Staking may be necessary for some types. Pick the fruit before the seeds turn brown and while the skin is still shiny and firm.
Eggplant 'Black Beauty' UT
Heirloom variety introduced in 1902, the fruits are dark purple and glossy with an excellent flavour. Fruits are 25 cm long and may weigh up to 1 kg. Black Beauty is a reliable, early and prolific bearer. Days to harvest:73 - 80.
SE129approx. 50 seeds
Eggplant 'Early Long Purple' UT
'Early Long Purple' is a quick maturing heirloom, producing attractive, long, slender, dark purple fruit. Full size is 25 x 8 cm but it is best harvested younger at 20 x 5 cm for very tender, tasty fruit. Each plant produces 8 or more fruit. Good choice for cooler climates with a short growing season. Days to harvest:70 - 80.
SE135approx. 50 seeds
SE133approx. 1000 seeds
Eggplant 'Greek' UT
Syn. 'Tsakoniki'
This is a very attractive, Greek eggplant, light purple in colour with white striping. The fruit is 22 - 24 cm long, cylindrical in shape. It is very tender with an underlying sweetness, ideal to make moussaka.
SE123approx. 50 seeds
SE124approx. 1000 seeds
Eggplant 'Thai Pea' H UT
Plants bear clusters of tiny violet fruit in a similar way to cherry tomatoes. The fruit are round, weigh 25 - 30 g and are usually cooked whole in Thai soups and curries. It is faster to produce and much more productive than larger eggplant. Days to harvest: 50 - 55.
SE114approx. 20 seeds
Eggplant 'Ping Tung Long' H UT
'Ping Tung Long' is an Asian heirloom from Taiwan producing shiny, slender, dark lavender fruit. Fruit are 30 x 4 cm. Sweet and tender, it does not require peeling. High yielding, each plant produces 20 or more fruit. Plants are sturdy and disease resistant. Good choice too for cooler climates with a short growing season. Days to harvest: 75.
SE126approx. 50 seeds
SE127approx. 1000 seeds
Eggplant 'Turkish Orange' UT
'Turkish Orange' is a beautiful heirloom eggplant from Turkey. Fruit is very ornamental, round in shape to 7.5 cm, with a brilliant orange colour and green striping. It is best eaten when just turning orange. Flavour is rich and sweet, excellent for stuffing. Hardy, vigorous plants produce 15 to 25 fruit each. Days to harvest: 65 - 85.
SE137approx. 35 seeds
Endive and Escarole
Cichorium spp.
Endive and Escarole are long appreciated European delicacies, close relatives to chicory and grow in much the same way. They are useful cool season crops to add interest to winter salads. Endive and Escarole are hardy, disease-resistant and frost and drought tolerant. Suitable for temperate, subtropical and tropical areas if sown in the right season. Best germination temperature is between 10 - 21C. Sow early spring in cool areas; late summer to autumn in other areas. Sow directly where they are to grow 10 mm deep. Thin seedlings to 25 - 30 cm apart, rows should be 38 - 40 cm apart. Keep soil moist; add organic fertiliser when plants are half grown. A pH of 5.5 to 6.5 is preferred; prepare soil by digging well-rotted compost or animal manure through the bed. Plant in full sun.
Endive 'Pancalieri Fine Cut' OG
Cichorium endivia
Endive 'Pancalieri Fine Cut' has attractive, finely cut, dark green leaves with crisp ribs and a creamy white heart. It adds a mild, nutty flavour to salads. It is an excellent year round 'baby leaf' or microgreen and it can be sprouted. Sow late summer to autumn, directly where they are to grow. Days to harvest: 33 days as baby leaf, 52 days to full size.
SE111approx. 150 seeds
SE145 No WA
Escarole 'Eros' OG
Cichorium endivia var latifolia
Syn. broad-leaved endive, grumolo
Escarole 'Eros' is a cool season annual which forms a dense head of tender, mildly bitter leaves. It can be added to salads or used as greens in stirfries, soups and stews. The outer leaves can be tied around the inner heart to blanch it, which makes the crop milder in flavour. A hardy vegetable, frost and heat tolerant. Days to harvest: 45
SE140approx. 20 seeds
Fennel 'Bronze' UT
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpurascens'
Not to VIC
Bronze fennel has gorgeous, feathery, reddish-bronze leaves. It is very attractive used as a foliage plant at the back of flower and herb beds. The leaves can be used as a garnish; the seeds have a range of culinary uses. The flowers are highly attractive to beneficial insects. This is a different plant to the weedy fennel found along roadsides but still has some weed potential in cooler areas. Fennel germinates best at 15 - 25C soil temperature. Sow in temperate areas from late summer to autumn; in subtropical areas in autumn, March - May. It is unlikely to do well in tropical areas.
SF112approx. 100 seeds
Florence Fennel
Foeniculum vulgare azoricum
Not to VIC
syn. Finocchio
Florence Fennel is a gourmet vegetable; use it in salads, stews, fish dishes or baked. The leaves can be used as a garnish; the flowers are highly attractive to beneficial insects. This is a different plant to the weedy fennel found along roadsides. Fennel is a cool season annual, the plant height is 45 - 60 cm. Seed germinates best at 15 - 25C in 10 - 14 days. Sow in temperate areas in late summer, autumn. Sow in subtropical areas in autumn. It is unlikely to do well in the tropics. Sow seed 5 - 10 mm deep, direct into a garden bed. It requires full sun and a fertile well-drained soil pH 5.5 - 7. Plant rows 45 cm apart; with 25 cm between plants. Keeping moisture constant will help to avoid bolting. As the bulbs swell, hill the soil around them. Avoid cross-pollination in future seed crops by not planting dill or weedy fennel at the same time.
Florence Fennel 'Romanesco' UT
Not to VIC
'Romanesco' is a late maturing, Italian variety producing large, round, snow-white bulbs with good resistance to bolting. It is very sweet and aromatic. It requires consistent moisture levels. Days to harvest: 80 - 90.
SF131approx. 150 seeds
SF133 No WA
SF134 No WA
Serpent Gourd H UT
Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina
syn. snake gourd, chichinga, padwal
Serpent Gourd is sometimes confused with Guada Gourd syn. New Guinea Bean but it is a completely different plant. It is widely grown as a vegetable in India and southeast Asia. It is a fast growing, subtropical plant with a growth habit similar to luffa. It is best to grow this vine on a trellis to obtain straight fruit.
SS166approx. 9 seeds

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