I had a very slow start with these, but they took off after I had all but tallied them off as a loss. The plants didn't get very big, never filled out or needed the cage I put around them, but produced well and were sturdy. I picked the eggplants when they had a nice warmth of orange starting to creep up the sides but were still mostly green. They were very sweet, had a nice texture - not as soft as some of the long asian eggplants and not as firm as Apple Green (which is my all-time favorite!). They're also so lovely to look at that this will be in my garden next year for sure!