After reading great reviews about CASPER Eggplant I decided to grow it too this year.
It is the slowest eggplant I ever grew.
Picture #1: the front 3 plants are Casper started on January 29. The middle plant is the tallest.
Picture #2: You can seed how small is my Casper compared to the Eggplant on the left (started just a week earlier)
Picture #3 and #4: different variety of Eggplants started on January 11th.
My Chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu told me that the white eggplant has the best taste.
I was born in Italy and eggplants are a very common vegetable for us. We can cook it in all different ways.
did you read in some place that Casper does taste like a mushroom?
I grew one plant of Casper a few years ago (zone 5). I only grew one plant, because I don't eat a lot of eggplant, and previous experience with growing the large eggplants (classic black beauty shape) usually meant I get 7 or 8 fruit from the plant, which was more than enough for me. By the time frost took out the plant, it had a five foot spread, and I was picking 3 to 4 eggplants from it every week. Fortunately I had a friend who was into baba ghanoush that summer and I was able to give away the ones I couldn't eat. The next year, the Casper eggplant I planted got attacked by flea beetles and only gave me a few fruit. Never been able to grow another plant that productive.
Casper eggplants are finally growing.
You can see in the picture below, the further 2 plants on the right.
Casper now is as tall as the other eggplants and it has started to make flowers.
I guess it is just a slower plant to grow.
I'm growing something simliar this year called the 'Snowy' eggplant. It also white and has little speckles all over it. Long and oval shapped. If any one is interested in a trade for other types of eggplants I'd be more than happy to share! =)
my Black Beauty Eggplant is just starting to produce flower buds, there was one that had appeared a week or two ago, but today it had fallen completely off the eggplant, stem and all, guess it was a dud, lol. But i see many more buds coming onto the eggplant, and its starting to branch out a bit, so im looking forward to what i get. :)
The room I had mine in was pretty dry and very warm, and the spider mites really liked it in there. Been dosing my poor eggplant babies with Neem/Eucalyptus/soap solution for about a week? now, and they're hanging in there.
So...DrThor, do the Casper taste like mushrooms? Your harvests look absolutely wonderful.
Thanks for that info, Gymgirl. I don't think I've ever grown them, but this year I have some seeds and I'll probably do them in the Dutch Buckets inside. I'll probably bend some sheep wire and line three sides of the 4 gallon buckets before putting the vermiculite/perlite in.
thanks for your nicest comments.
No they don't taste like mushroom. Indeed Casper has a very delicate flavor.
I will grow it from now on - and I will not panic if the plants is growing really slow at the beginning.
I cannot wait to hear back from you on how they taste.
Thank you for the link. Have you tried the Durch Buckets before? When you say "inside" do you mean in a GH? Lastly,just one more question, can you post pics? My new thing this year is growing peppers and dwarf tomatoes in containers and root pouches in a kiddie pool. Since some of these are getting planted so much later I want to have a way to protect them when the cold weather arrives.