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Old June 13, 2010   #1
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Default Kamo and Casper Eggplant

Got fruit set on both of these. First time I have grown Kamo, grow Casper every year.

Kamo:

A highly prized traditional "kyo yasai" or Kyoto vegetable, from the Kamo area of Japan. It has been a delicacy in the region of Japan for many hundreds of years. A Kamo eggplant is unique. It is fat and round with a flat bottom. It has lustrous purple-black skin and purple calyx. The fruit is about 4" in diameter, and weighs up to 1/2 pound. This is the choice eggplant served at top restaurants in Japan. Its tight pulp has a rich flavor. Particularly delicious when coated and baked or fried with miso and tofu.
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Old June 13, 2010   #2
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Michael,
What is a good source for seeds?
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Old June 13, 2010   #3
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Tom:

My Casper came from Seed Saver's Exchange online catalogue. My Kamo came from Gourmet Seed:

http://www.gourmetseed.com/c=MLM9NXz...lant-Kamo.html
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Tom: No problem, looking forward to trying this one.
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I tried Kamo nasu last year in Kyoto. We had it thickly sliced, grilled and served with a sweet miso sauce. I could not find any seeds for it so thanks for the link.
I hope you will give us a taste report in a couple of weeks.

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edit: I just checked out their shipping prices to Canada- $14.95 plus 20% of the order total. I think I will find another source WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!!

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Jeff: just sent you a pm. also, do you have a recipe for the miso sauce?
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Dengaku Miso
Over medium to medium low heat simmer the following ingredients:
1 3/4 cups of red or white miso (My preference is white miso)
1/3 cup sake
1/3 cup mirin
3 tablespoons of sugar

You basically want to dissipate most of the water content until it becomes a paste.
Slice the Kamo nasu into 1/2" slices. Coat heavily with vegetable oil. Broil until almost completely cooked. Brush the dengaku miso paste onto the sliced kamo nasu and return to the oven. Once the dengaku miso paste starts to bubble and boil then it is ready to eat.
You can use Dengaku Miso paste when grilling any other vegetables.
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Jeff: Thanks for the recipe!
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I found my seeds at Kitazawa Seeds based in Oakland, CA. Easy to find on the net. They also sell their seeds at select nurseries (email them, they are quick to respond) and at some Asian supermarkets.
They do not say so on their website, but if you ask, they can send via envelope instead of bubble-wrap/box whatever it is that entails the $4 or $5 postage, if you are only ordering a few packets. I was told it would only cost $2 that way (but I am in the same state). I didn't have to have any shipping costs as I found them in my local Asian market, after talking to the purchaser there who was going to order more seeds, to order them for me.
I have never saved eggplant seeds, only tomatoes, but if this is not a hybrid, and you give me pointers on how to save seeds, I could try to save so I could share next year. That is, if I get enough fruits. Right now I only see two small ones, and the flea beetles are killing me!
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My wife used Jeff's recipe last night with some Kamo that I picked. Had some Jericho Romaine lettuce from my hydro system also, along with chard from my garden. Was out of white miso, so used my 3 year old barley miso. It was fantastic!

Thanks to Jeff for the recipe!
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When I was thrown in Japan, I was lucky to taste this kamo eggplant. the chef cut it slices and coated it in tempura batter then deep fried. yummy. so sweet.

is it true that casper eggplant tastes like mushroom?
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To me, Casper tastes like eggplant. Actually, my wife doesnt like it and has told me 2 years to stop growing it. I probably will stop growing it, and substitute an Ichiban-or just keep growing ping tung long.

Tempura would be real good with Kamo.
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I purchased Casper and Thai Green eggplant from SSE in 2007. I wasn't
crazy about Casper, but the Thai Green is nice and very productive.
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I want to try casper as well next time. I only got "white egg" for my white variety...

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