A heirloom from Ukraine. Open Pollinated. Plant produces good yields of 6 to 9" long slender dark purple eggplants. It has excellent texture and the old fashioned eggplant flavor with no bitterness. Does well in cooler areas. Excellent choice for home gardens and market growers. Eggplant prefers rich, deep, loose soils with large amounts of organic material. The northern United States isn’t known for its eggplants. Cool summers and short seasons often leave the gardener anxiously watching, waiting and wondering if those purple flowers will ever bear a single fruit. Diamond is the cure for these eggplant-growing woes, with its early maturity and ability to thrive in cool soils.