~ Seed for Very Early AUBERGINES ~
Back in 2002 we started our aubergine trials. We asked many collectors around the world for their earliest & most reliable varieties to try out, and grew them together to compare them.
The 'best of the best' are offered here - these ultra-early aubergines give you a good chance of a decent crop in the variable UK summers. We've had really nice letters from people who haven't been able to grow aubergines until they tried these varieties.
Aubergines are a little slower growing than their
near relatives the Tomatoes & Peppers.
Josie says "this one's my favourite" ...
When to sow aubergine seed? You must start it going really early, under cover, and keep the
PLEASE NOTE IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO SOW AUBERGINES FOR A 2014 CROP!
A great medium-sized cylindrical black aubergine from France, with firm white flesh. We have always found it quick to get going and the plants are very sturdy.
This variety was bred for outdoor growing (in France, mind you, so we in the UK are really better off growing it under cover) and it does not require the same high temperatures that glasshouse aubergines are used to.
Earliness, consistently high production and good flavour make this one of our favourites. If you only grow one, try this one!
Long black fruit, white flesh.
Order AuBN - 25 seed £2.20
Ronde de Valence
An old and resilient variety that makes round black fruit. They are spherical , sometimes gently ribbed, and it usually does well under cover in the UK.
Round black fruit, white flesh.
Order AuRV - 20 seed £1.79
Saving your own Aubergine Seed:
Ben demonstrates: Here you can see the seed squidged
out of a very ripe fruit - this is best done in a bowl of water -
Aubergines do cross quite a lot, so you need to grow only one variety - or isolate plants (or branches) with a net cage.
Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.