Botanical Name: Solanum melongena
Days to Maturity: 80 days from transplanting
Hardiness: Perennial in tropical climates; grown as annual in climates other than those that are frost-free and very warm; very frost sensitive.
Plant Dimensions: 24″–30″ tall and wide
Variety Information: 5″–6 ½” oblong, 1–3 lb. fruit with smooth, glossy purplish-black skin, off-white to tan interior. In the late 1800s, the ‘Black Pekin’ Chinese eggplant was crossed with ‘Large Early Purple’, creating ‘Imperial Black Beauty’, also known as ‘Black Beauty’, the largest eggplant grown today.