Eggplant Slim Jim

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Slim Jim is a terrific dwarf aubergine variety from Italy – an award-winning all-rounder in the patio vegetable category. Its dark-purple foliage and clusters of long, slim, purple fruits make it a perfect choice for ornamental and decorative gardens. Even though the variety’s origins are not clear, most accounts agree that it is southern-Italian in origin and was first introduced by Italian seed company Fratelli Ingegnoli. Aubergines originated in Asia, being recorded first in the 6th century Chinese agricultural treatise Qímín Yàoshù. The plant was introduced to the Mediterranean region by Arabs in the Middle Ages. Aubergines have a somewhat unusual reputation in Italy – historically, it was thought that the whole plant could cause insanity. The name melanzana is derived from mela insana, meaning ‘insane apple’!


  • LATIN NAME
    Solanum melongena
    NAME
    Eggplant
    VARIETY
    Slim Jim
    QUANTITY
    30 seeds
    PLANT SIZE
    Height 70 cm
    Width 45 cm
    CONTAINER SIZE
    Height 30 cm
    Width 30 cm
    COMPANION PLANT
    Basil, peppers, okra, mints, thyme, catnip.
  • SOWING
    Indoor Mar-Apr
    Outdoor May-June
    TIMING
    Germination 10-30 days
    Harvesting 90-12 0 days
    SPACING
    When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 0,5 cm
    When transplanting 30-40 cm
    GROWING
    Sunligth Full sun.
    Soil Well-drained, moist and fertile soil.
    Watering Regular watering, even twice a day.
    Feeding Heavy feeder.
    CARING
    Expert tip Eggplants are a bit slower to germinate than many other plants. They require a temperature between 25° and 30°C. When the young plant reaches 15 cm in height, cut the top off to encourage branch production and increase future fruit set.
    SUPPORTING
    Pollinators
    Although eggplants are self-pollinating plants, pollinators will increase fruit set.
    Pests
    To prevent a whitefly attack, grow aubergines with a sacrificial trap crop such as bell pepper to divert pests away from the plant.
  • HARVESTING
    Harvest Slim Jim aubergines when they are about 10cm long. Don’t leave mature fruits left on the plant as this will decrease further fruit production.
    EATING
    Medicinal properties Despite its historical reputation for causing insanity, aubergines are rich in nutrients and can be eaten freely! How to eat Even though fried aubergine is famous throughout the world as a key ingredient in parmigiana, the thin and firm Slim Jim variety lends itself to many culinary uses – try it pickled with garlic and oregano, roast it gently to make a delicious dip, or grill it and dress with olive oil and parsley.


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