Long oval dark glossy purple-black fruit 20 cm (8 in) long by 8-10 cm (3-4 in) diameter. Tall, sturdy plants can set fruit under cool conditions. Excellent keeper! Italian type, more uniform diameter and great for stuffing and baking!
Start seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Plant seed in 8 cm (3 in) jiffy pots or strips. Just cover the seed and keep soil warm, 24 C (75 F). Seed germinates in 7 to 10 days. Grow on at a warm 24 C (75 F) temperature. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed. Space 45 cm (18 in) apart in rows 1 m (3 ft) apart. Feed weekly with 10-52-17 and organic seaweed for strong healthy plants.