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"All-America Selections for 2009: Eggplant F1 ‘Gretel’ AAS® Vegetable Award Winner

by All-America Selections

'Gretel' Eggplant AAS® Vegetable Award Winner, AAS® Photo

The earliest white eggplant perfectly describes ‘Gretel.’ Any gardener will agree, the earlier the better; since waiting for the best tasting, most nutritious food from our gardens is not easy. The glossy white mini-fruit are produced in clusters and can be harvested in 55 days depending upon growing conditions. Like all eggplants, ‘Gretel’ will grow rapidly under warm temperatures, over 55 degrees day and night temperature. The pure white fruit are sweet with tender skin even if they mature beyond the ideal fruit size of 3 to 4 inches. This trait means gardeners have a longer timeline to harvest fruit. ‘Gretel’ plants are relatively small, about 3 feet wide and tall. Since the plant is small it is adaptable to the popular trend of growing edibles in containers. It is recommended to use a rather large container about 16 inches deep. This AAS® Winner was bred by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Oxnard, CA.


Genus species: Solanum melongena
Fruit size: Clustering fruit can be harvested at 3 inches or longer
Fruit shape: Elongated-teardrop
Color: Glossy white fruit
Plant height: 3 feet tall
Plant width: 3 feet wide
Plant habit: Small compact plant adaptable to containers
Garden spacing: 2 feet apart
Unique qualities: Earliest white eggplant, non-bitter fruit, tender skin, few seeds
Length of time from transplanting to harvest: 55 days
Closest comparison(s) on market: ‘Little Fingers,’ ‘Fairy Tale,’ ‘Snowy’


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