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

Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant

4.40 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 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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Reviews

10 reviews for Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant

  1. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    For whatever reason, weeks later, my first review is still waiting for approval. Anyway, the yield is tremendous! I have taken about 6 from one plant and there are easily another 10 in various stages of growth. The second plant I have not taken as many, but there are about the same amount growing. Excellent plant!!

  2. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    2nd year planting in a 5 gallon container. The first year we got maybe a dozen tasty eggplants. This year I see 4 fruits forming. Hopefully the yield will be even better.

  3. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    This is the first year I have grown any Bonnie plant. I have always grown from seed. Let me tell you! Never again! My eggplants are doing so well, and I am getting delicious yield much earlier in the summer than I ever have before! Also, the plants and flowers are beautiful in their own right. Love this Bonnie plant! (Note to self: grow one all by itself in the corner of the yard for the flea beetles. Good grief they love them some eggplant!!) :-)

  4. Taste:
    4 out of 5

    Yield:
    5 out of 5

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    The yield on this plant is amazing. It is July 6th now and I have picked 2 so far and there are at least another 10 growing with 5 or 6 flowers on each plant. The plant did not get as big as suggested above. It is maybe 30-32 inches tall and about 15-18 inchs around. The yield is awesome and the amount of effort I put into the plant is minimal, plant it and walk away.

  5. Taste:
    5 out of 5

    Yield:
    4 out of 5

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    For some reason, my plants have been extremely vulnerable to disease and fungus. They are producing and they are very very good! Just keep and eye out for insects who enjoy these as much as you will!

  6. 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

  7. 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!!)

  8. 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!!)

  9. 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!

  10. 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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