Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Regular price $14.95
50 in stock

Live Pea Eggplant Fruiting Plant

Ships ready to plant in 4” coconut fiber pot

For all families looking for a fresh take on ‘eating your peas,’ give nutrient-rich plant Solanum torvum a try. Pea eggplant is a species of the Solanum genus that includes major world crops, like the potato, tomato, and eggplant. Similarly, pea eggplant is cultivated and enjoyed throughout the world, as it is easy to grow and a good source of iron and calcium. The plant is an evergreen shrub, native to Tropical America, Africa, and some parts of Asia, where it thrives with little to no maintenance or irrigation. It’s simple to grow in subtropical to tropical regions like Florida, but keep in mind when planning your garden layout that this plant grows very fast and vigorously but it’s growth can easily be maintained in a container.

Solanum torvum’s handful of common names like ‘pea eggplant, turkey berry, devil’s fig, and Thai eggplant’ were coined for the plant’s fruits: It produces clusters of small, green, marble-sized eggplants. For use in cooking, pea eggplants are picked slightly immature and cooked into a plethora of dishes throughout southeast Asia and beyond to the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.

Gardener Pro Tip: Use Solanum torvum as a rootstock to boost the health of your new eggplant and tomato plants! Solanum torvum grows disease free, with a vigorous nematode resistant root system. This makes it a viable rootstock for grafting other Solanum cultivars, helping long-term tolerance for flood, pests, diseases, and more.

Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

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Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

How to Grow Pea Eggplant

Plant Type: Perennial Fruiting Plant 

Harvest Season: Year-round in Zone 8b+, Summer-Fall if grown as an annual in cooler zones 

Mature Size: 8 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: Rich well drained soil also thrives in sandy soil

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Growing Zones: 8b+