Ichiban Japanese (Dairyu) Eggplant
Long, slender Ichiban has a thin, tender skin and sweet flesh.

Ichiban Type Japanese Eggplant

  • 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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Ichiban Type Japanese Eggplant is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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!!)
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!!) :-)
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yay, lovin this one!!! yay, yay, yay. First time with Bonnie this year and this Ichiban is fabulous. Hot, dry, low 90's in July and August in Colorado and my poor red bell pepper dropped all of his flowers (pollinating, fertilizing, and watering). But the Ichiban doesn't mind this dry heat. Just harvested first fruit. And another on the way. Container gardening, fabric pots on patio, sun 2:30 - 8:30 pm (west facing). Thanks!
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great producer I bought four plants last year and planted them in a raised garden. They did beautifully and the eggplants they produced were wonderful -- sweet, flavorful and so thin-skinned they didn't need to be peeled before stir frying. The plants themselves were strong enough to withstand an onslaught of leaf eating bugs and they continued to produce well into September. I plan to buy eight this year.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough plant, tender fruit I bought one of this on a whim in May and I am so very glad I did. We've had an unusually hot and wet summer this year, and a lot of my vegetables couldn't handle all the extra rain and humidity--the squash in particular has been a big disappointment. The Ichiban Eggplant, however, has been able to take everything the season has thrown at it--including the bugs! Mine's in a 5 gal planter with a tomato cage as an extra bit of support. It's July now and I've gotten maybe 9-10 eggplants so far, with no sign of slowing down. The eggplants themselves are delicious; a special treat because the tender skin never looks so pretty on the rare occasions you can find this style of eggplant in the grocery store. Definitely going to make space for more than one of these next year!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got 3 Ichibans in 2014 as an afterthought. We love eggplant, but traditionally don't mature fast enough (Northern NH). The plants we got produced- as advertised - 'massive crops'! We picked well into October. This year (2015) we probably could have picked until mid-Nov. With a little floating row cover. Why didn't we have any of these plants this year? They didn't show up! Moral: if you see 'em-- grab 'em!
Date published: 2015-11-09
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