Pea Eggplant

$ 5.00 

Pea Eggplant
Solanum Torvum

days to maturity: 80 days
plant spacing: 2 square feet per plant
sunlight requirement: 8 - 14 hours
look out for: scale, mites, stinkbugs
harvest notes: harvest small purple fruit often. if they start turning yellow they are overripe and won’t taste very good.

Pea eggplants are a traditional ingredient in thai cooking and because of our climate we can grow them well here in South Florida, or if you live anywhere hot and humid where eggplants thrive. Their clusters of small green fruit resemble grapes and are bitter when uncooked. This plant is also known by the name Turkey berry or Susumba in the Caribbean. The plant gets significantly larger than a traditional Italian eggplant and it gets quite spiky. We used to have one at our first nursery which was in a neighborhood called Little Haiti and women would harvest the leaves through the fence as they walked by. One neighbor told us they are used medicinally for regulating womens cycles, and if you google this plant you'll notice its used medicinally for lots of different ailments, from healing colds and flus to preventing anaemia (its high in iron), soothing bowel issues like diarrhea and constipation, regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation in the body.