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Eggplant F1 'Hansel' (Solanum melongena)

2008 AAS Vegetable Award Winner


Eggplant F1 'Hansel' - 2008 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

Eggplant F1 'Hansel' - 2008 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

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Remember when eggplants were football sized and so purple they were almost black? Eggplants are one of those vegetables that make you really glad you grow from seed, because the variety available is truly awesome.

'Hansel' is a long, slender type eggplant. These tend to be less seedy and less bitter than the orb types. 'Hansel' is billed as a miniature eggplant because the fruits are ready to pick when finger size or about 3" long. They grow in clusters of 3-6 fruits and mature relatively early in about 55 days from transplanting. What's really nice about Eggplant 'Hansel' is that if you don't get around to harvesting the fruits at 3" or 5" or 7"- as so easily can happen - they will remain tender and non-bitter up to about 10" in length.

A trend seems to be developing with the 2008 AAS winners. They are all compact in size and suitable for container growing. Eggplant 'Hansel' is no different, growing only about 3' tall and slight less than 3' in width. The cluster style fruit gives you a decent yield in a small space.

Eggplant 'Hansel' will be available as seed and young bedding plants.


  • Height: 36"
  • Width: 30"
  • Fruit size: From 3" to 10" in length
  • Fruit shape: Elongated shape
  • Color: Glossy dark purple fruit
  • Length of time from transplanting to harvest: 55 days
  • Bred by Seminis Vegetable Seed
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