Many farmers exports fresh and healthy Kenya eggplants to Europe and also serves the local market. Eggplant’s forefathers grew wild in India and were first farmed in China. Solanum melongena, or aubergine, is its scientific name. It’s known in Kenya as aubergines or brinjal and is widely available in local markets. It is a member of the nightshade family of vegetables, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and sweet peppers. It grows in the same way that tomatoes do, hanging from the plant’s vines. Eggplant has a spongy texture and a lovely bitter flavour. Kenya eggplant seeds germinate for about 7–14 days, depending on the temperature and humidity. Harvest occurs 16 to 24 weeks after sowing when the fruit’s skin is lustrous and wrinkle-free. Early short-duration cultivars often yield 25 to 30 tonnes and
Growing Eggplant in the perfect husbandry conditions
Because of their subtropical climate acclimation, eggplants may be grown on both African and North American soils, as long as planting is of the correct spacing between cornrows. Temperatures of 20 to 28 degrees Celsius, with a pH level of 5 to 7, are ideal for optimal harvests. Kenya’s peak growth months are May to June, August to September, and December to January.
Growth conditions, maturation durations, and colouring are some of the things to consider before choosing any of our eggplant types below, as size characteristics differ per variety.
The oval to oblong eggplant produces large, oval-shaped, purplish to black eggplants.
The Japanese eggplant matures fast, producing long slender fruits.
The small-fruited eggplant blossoms into green fruits, including white lavender and purple varieties.
There are also novelty eggplants that include such unusual types as orange Turkish eggplant, green Thai eggplant, and egg-shaped eggplant.
Eggplant is a great source of fibre and digestive acids. The former delivers enough roughage for healthy digestion and bowel movement in the body. Fibre also encourages the production of stomach juices, which aid in nutrient absorption and meal digestion.
Anaemia prevention: Because iron deficiency, which presents as anaemia, poses a risk to pregnant women, eggplant consumption is essential because it provides the body with the missing iron deposits that aid in the formation of red blood cells.
Brain aural function: Consumption of Kenya eggplant or any other eggplant, which is high in phytonutrients, improves recognition functions and nerve transmission. The brain requires adequate blood to function, and eggplant’s potassium content aids in improving brain capacities to see detail, memory, and other processes.
In weight loss: Fat burning is a must-have on any health list, and because eggplant contains no fat, it is well-positioned to not only prevent weight gain but also reduce obesity.
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Fights diabetes: Eggplant is great for diabetic control due to its low soluble carb content. The fruit helps the body balance glucose and insulin levels.
Curbs birth defects: To protect the fetus from neural tube abnormalities, expectant mothers require a lot of folic acids. With their high folic acid content, eggplants are a convenient and nutritious snack when you’re pregnant.
For perfect bone health: Eggplants are high in iron and calcium minerals, which help in bone growth.
In cancer prevention: Eggplant contains chlorogenic acid, a potent antioxidant that aids in the elimination of free radicals in the battle against cancer.
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A farmer can sell a carton of eggplant for Sh300, although the price might vary between Sh600 and Sh700 for every carton.
The price of eggplants is determined by their shape and colour. The purple-coloured straight ones are the most popular on the market.
They can be sold after 70 days, around 300 grams, or until they reach their maximum weight. The magnitude of the harvest will be determined by the market.
Individual plants at the East Africa Seed Company demonstration plot in Mombasa produced more than ten fruits weighing more than 700g. One kilo of eggplants costs Sh120 in Nairobi, according to Mboga Masters, an online vegetable price research portal.