Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, eggplant is thought to be a native of India where it grows wild as a perennial. Many of us are familiar with the most common eggplant variety, Solanum melongena, but there are a plethora of eggplant types available.

Botanical name: Solanum melongena

European Eggplant is a hardly species that can be grown all year round in tropical areas. It needs good irrigation management and rigorous control of nitrogen fertilization (to make fruit setting easier) during the hot and rainy season. Hybrid eggplant can be pruned to keep two or three main stems.

Before we proceed to the different varieties of European Eggplant we have, I want to briefly explain some diseases abbreviations/common names along with their Pathogen or causal agent as follows:


Common name

Pathogen or Causal Agent
Anthracnose Colletotrichum lagenanum
Bacterial Wilt Ralstonia solanacearum
CMV Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV Tobacco Mosaic Virus

Now let us proceed to discuss some of the varieties of European Eggplant:


Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

This is one of the best varieties of European eggplant for the tropical and subtropical areas. It is the solution to eggplant grower’s problem with regards to the disease known as “Bacterial Wilt (Ralstonia) due to its resistance to Bacterial Wilt.

This hybrid eggplant can be grown during hot and humid season and it produces excellent result for the farmer. It also has a very attractive color as its glossy purplish black fruits correspond to the export market quality. Meanwhile F1 Kalenda (INRA) farmers should also know that during the rainy season nitrogen fertilizer must be reduced.

The maturity period of this variety of European eggplant occurs between 65-75days and the plant is a vigorous plant, it also has a long tapered shape and a black purple color. The size is usually between 300grams-450grams measuring about 20×8-10cm with tolerances and resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Bacterial Wilt and Anthracnose. Finally it stays a long period of harvest and can also be cultured in open field.

Below is a breakdown of other different varieties of European eggplant, their maturity period (days), the unique characteristics of the plant, the shape of the fruit, the color of the fruit, the size of the fruit and its disease tolerance and resistance remarks

Variety Maturity Plant Fruit Remarks and




  (days)   Shape Color Size  
Ravaya 70/75 Very vigorous Oval Purple Small(50-80g)



Hardy / CMV
Black Beauty 75/80 Vigorous Lobulous Slight


fruit fascination

Dark purple Big(300-400)



Widely adapted,


it can also be

cultured on both

shelter and open


Zebrine 75/80 Vigorous Lon oval Striped purple and white Medium




Very popular in the Caribbean area and Anthracnose/


Phomopsis vexans. It can be cultured in open field.

Florida market 85/95 Large Oval Purple Big(400-




Phomopsis vexans
Long purple 70/75 Erected Long Purple Medium




The reference for long standard variety.
F1 African Beauty 70/75 Vigorous Regular globulous very slight fruit fasciation Lossy black purple Bi(350-450)



High yielding especially suited for tropical conditions, TMV / CMV
F1 Obala 75/80 Medium size Oval Dark purple Medium(300-



F1 Adama 70 Medium size Long cylindrical Black purple Medium(250-



Anthracnose Phomopsis vexans, TMV / CMV
F1 Melina 55-60     Deep purple 18×9.5cm/400g Can be cultured in open field, CMV
Purple Tiger 70-80     green with purple strips 20.5x10cm/450g Can be cultured in open field, CMV, BW

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 Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their CharacteristicsDifferent Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

Different Varieties of European Eggplant and their Characteristics

As a crop farmer you should be aware of the seeds you need to plant and how they are being cultured as some seeds perform better when being cultivated under shelter while some perform better in the open field therefore I will suggest that aside from knowing the season for your crops, you should also be aware how and where to plant the seeds in order to achieve an optimum result from your effort.

Remember that your seed and management practices determines the rate of your success in Farming.

Here are some amazing egg plant and vegetable planting guides to assist you further:

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