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Little River Cooperative

Pea Eggplant

Regular price $10.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $10.00 USD
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Pea Eggplant
Solanum Torvum

days to maturity: 80 days
plant spacing: 2 square feet per plant
sunlight requirement: 8 - 14 hours
look out for: scale, mites, stinkbugs
harvest notes: harvest small purple fruit often. if they start turning yellow they are overripe and won’t taste very good.

Pea eggplants are a traditional ingredient in thai cooking and because of our climate we can grow them well here in South Florida, or if you live anywhere hot and humid where eggplants thrive. Their clusters of small green fruit resemble grapes and are bitter when uncooked. This plant is also known by the name Turkey berry or Susumba in the Caribbean. The plant gets significantly larger than a traditional Italian eggplant and it gets quite spiky. We used to have one at our first nursery which was in a neighborhood called Little Haiti and women would harvest the leaves through the fence as they walked by. One neighbor told us they are used medicinally for regulating womens cycles, and if you google this plant you'll notice its used medicinally for lots of different ailments, from healing colds and flus to preventing anaemia (its high in iron), soothing bowel issues like diarrhea and constipation, regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation in the body.  


All of our plants are produced using OMRI certified organic materials (potting mix, fertilizer & pesticides) however our nursery is not certified organic. Plants are shipped in compostable peat moss pots and we use heirloom & organic seeds whenever possible.

Shipping & Returns

We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here. 


All of our plants are potted in 4" pots and their foliage size varies based on how large the plant is naturally when its root ball is the correct size for the pot. If a plant is too tall for our shipping box we may prune it to fit (bonus: many plants do better after being pruned since they make bushier growth). We do our very best to ship all of our plants in the "sweet spot" of maturity however so long as the roots have colonized the pot we will consider a plant mature enough to ship.

Care Instructions

When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.

  • What Our Customers Have to Say:

    This is a great, local organization with really knowledgeable & friendly staff. They make gardening easy and accessible, and I've purchased many high quality plants and equipment from them.
    -Kate Black (5 star google review)

  • And Another One:

    How lucky we are to have a resource like Little River Cooperative here in Miami, not only for the access they offer to a great selection of plants and produce, but also for the knowledge they provide and the sense of community they foster!
    -Nick Vagnoni (5 star google review)