A widely used international food thought to have originated in Japan, eggplant is fast becoming a favorite in the U.S. This long, slender purple variety not usually found in grocery stores is both attractive, flavorsome, and fragrant when cooked. There are countless recipes from Italy to China to Russia and beyond. Also called 'Italian Long Purple', this prolific heirloom will bring beautiful color to the garden and savory goodness to the table. Staking is recommended for this variety.