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by Kyriellus on February 27, 2005 06:03 AM
First post..and a question..
For a few Years I have been searching for(and FOUND today) a Mini eggplant kit sold at EasterTime. This is the "Golden Egg" variation of Solanum melongena. The few places I could find reference to it were sites selling it... they say it is a Non edible, Non Poisonous eggplant. Yet it matches the Description of an Italian Eggplant almost exactly- White "eggs" turning yellow when they mature. The Italian Eggplant description stated that the fruit were to be eaten BEFORE they turn Yellow.

So.. Is it the same?.. Did I spend money on a cute ornamental instead of a cute EDIBLE ornamental? or are those who sell it covering their Butts by stating it is Non edible?

Any input on my "Golden Eggs" Would be helpful.
THank You.

-Kyr- Whose South facing windows are already full of strange and Unusual Seedlings.
by Cricket on February 27, 2005 11:41 AM
Hi Kyriellus! [wayey]

Welcome to the forum!

I believe Solanum melongena (Easter Egg Plant - Ornamental Golden Eggs) is a non-edible annual. Too bad, it would be great to have a miniture edible eggplant - yumm!
Easter Egg Plant
by Cricket on February 27, 2005 12:01 PM
Another site says S. ovigerum Dun. is the ornamental, while some S. melongena varieties are edible, such as `White Beauty' and `Black Beauty'. It appears the ornamental are 18-20" tall, while the edibles are taller. Very confusing. I'm afraid that doesn't really answer your original question about the 'Golden Egg'.
Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable will be around soon. Good luck!

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by sachis2112 on March 16, 2005 02:51 AM
OK. Sorry I didn't see this sooner. The "Wonder Egg" plant, they turn golden/light orangish as they mature. You CAN actually eat this. It's a variety of eggplant. However, people are advised AGAINST eating it because its terribly bitter.

We actually had a pretty lengthy discussion about it over here. Wonder Egg thread

Basically you should prepare like you would an eggplant. There's a link to some eggplant recipies, I think on page 3.

Here's also another great eggplant link I found. Down at the bottom it states specifically that both the white (unripe) and golden (ripe) fruit are edible. Eggplants

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