Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant
Sender, dark fruit. Very productive.

Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant

4.00 out of 5
(5 customer reviews)

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 10 inches long
  • Matures: 50 to 60 days
  • Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart
  • Plant size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide

Produces massive crops of slim, 10-inch long, purplish-black fruit. Like all eggplant, this hybrid loves warm weather but also does well in cooler climates and continues producing well into fall. Very productive. Well suited for containers. Sweet and succulent. Great for grilling and roasting. This is one of the long, thin eggplants you may see served in gourmet restaurants because the skin is thin and the flavor is sweet and mild.

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5 reviews for Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant

  1. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    GREAT SUMMER TASTE DIFFERENT: TENDER VERSITILE MANY USES GRILL FRY BAKE ON SQUERS

  2. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    What I used to eat: Being Japanese, this is the kind of eggplant I was used to eating growing up.
    I am allergic to American eggplant…(gets very itchy throat…) So I got really excited when I saw this little plant at gardening center, I just had to give it a try. (although I never grew vegetable in my life!)
    It is fairly easy to maintain…the aphids were the only problem I had to deal with…
    I am getting good amount of fruits and very excited to be able to eat eggplants again! (so far, I had one eggplant…it was just like the ones I used to have…and no reaction!!)

  3. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

    :

    What I used to eat: Being Japanese, this is the kind of eggplant I was used to eating growing up. I am allergic to American eggplant…(gets very itchy throat…) So I got really excited when I saw this little plant at gardening center, I just had to give it a try. (although I never grew vegetable in my life!) It is fairly easy to maintain…the aphids were the only problem I had to deal with… I am getting good amount of fruits and very excited to be able to eat eggplants again! (so far, I had one eggplant…it was just like the ones I used to have…and no reaction!!)

  4. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    Great taste, good yield: I planted Bonnie transplants of Ichiban in the beginning of April and we were plucking Ichibans by the end of May. Got a good yield, at least around 20-25 of them so far and its still producing. After transplanting it just stayed the same size for almost a month and then it started rapidly growing. The leaves are heavily attacked by bugs and have a lot of holes, but I had only 1 eggplant actually being bored by an insect.

    I would highly recommend this for its great taste, good yield and low maintenance other than a little fertilizer and occasional insecticidal soap. Make sure the soil does not stay dry for long. Consistent watering and good sunshine go a long way in getting good yields.

    We love cooking this with some pasta, 4-cheese and tomatoes (optional). Cook until dry or eat it with the liquid and its yummy. Waiting for more to grow!

  5. Taste:
    3 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    Just like Filipino kind of eggplants: This is the kind of eggplant I, a Filipino, grew up with. It is tender, moist and sweet, not foam-like consistency typical of what you get from the grocery stores. We typically enjoy this roasted then mashed with beaten eggs then fried (we call “tortang talong”) or sliced up in chunks to add in sauteed veggie mix or in soups. Taste is superb! I got 5 seedlings from Home Depot (I wish I knew early on where they were available) which had flowers already, and I enjoyed my first harvest two days ago.

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