Aubergines Sativa: Exalting the characteristics of the species through hybridisation

"Aubergines are a vegetable in which we invest a lot and we supply a wide range of varieties under the Sativa brand," explained company managers.

The varieties and hybrids available are the result of a thorough selection work. Processing and repeated quality checks guarantee a safe and excellent product for final users.

The geneticist responsible for research on aubergines, explains that "despite the fact that this vegetable presents less genetic variables than other solanaceous plants, it is possible to create new material that exalts the characteristics of the species through hybridisation."



"We are working on genetic improvements not only to obtain better yields, spine-less calyxes, few seeds and vigorous plants. To us, organoleptic qualities are essential - we try to combine the flavour of local varieties with the characteristic that the productive world and the market are looking for."

Sativa developed a wide range that includes oblong black, round.oval black, purple, white and streaked varieties. Here are some examples:

Long shape:

Giralda F1
"Riminese type" perfectly performing in greenhouse and in open field cultivation. Early cycle. Vigorous and erected plants, short internodes with covering leaves. High productivity hybrid, shows straight and slim fruit slightly club-shaped, from 22 to 24 cm long, weight about 210 gr. No spine on the calyx that is totally green color. The fruit present very little apical scar. Fruit’s skin, smooth and glossy, total shiny black colored. Perfectly suitable for fresh market and processing. Planting ratio: cm 75-90 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (greenhouse). Planting ratio: cm 65-75 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (open field).

Round oval:

Agata F1
Hybrid early cycle eggplant, perfectly performing in greenhouse but can be cultivated in open field as well. Well covering leaves. The fruit is round-oval shaped, brilliant-black colored, length 16 cm diameter 13 cm, about 550 gr. weight, very few seeds each fruit making possible pretty long storage. Tolerant to oxidation. Perfectly suitable for fresh market and processing. Planting ratio: cm 75-90 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (greenhouse). Planting ratio: cm 65-75 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (open field).

Hybrid "Violetta di Sicilia" type:

Barbarella F1

Hybrid medium-early cycle, prefect for open field cultivation but suitable as well for greenhouse too.
Vigorous plant covering leaves. Opening flowers with calyx of medium dimension, almost spine-less.
Uniform fruits, rounded, length 16 cm diameter 14 cm, weight about 580 gr. The skin color is bright deep purple with white pericarp under the calyx. Very good organoleptic qualities. Good productivity in particular during the intermediate vegetation period. For fresh market. Planting ratio: cm 75-90 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (greenhouse). Planting ratio: cm 65-75 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (open field).

White oval shaped:

Clara F1
Medium-early cycle hybrid adapt for the greenhouse and for the open field cultivations. Medium vigorous plants, almost spine-less. The fruit, oval and slightly ribbed, length 13 cm diameter 11 cm, about 580 gr. weight, has a fleshy consistence pulp and skin while. With a delicate taste and good organoleptic qualities.
Planting ratio: cm 75-90 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (greenhouse). Planting ratio: cm 65-75 along the row, 120-140 cm between the rows (open field).

Find out also about our Teresa F1 (long shape), Macarena F1 (round oval), Beatrice F1 (round lilac type), Rania F1 (hybrid "striped" type) and SAT 1189 F1 (white oval shaped) varieties. To learn more, please refer to our technical sheets.

Further info:

Consorzio Sativa Società Cooperativa Agricola
Via Calcinaro 2425
47521 Cesena (FC) - Italy
Ph.: +39 0547 380310
Fax: +39 0547 639056
Email: sativa@sativa.it

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