80 days Fruits are oblate, smooth and mature to a brilliant scarlet. Red eggplants are widely grown, but mostly in Africa and Asia. This one is the only red type traditionally grown in Italy, and it is renowned there! Rotonda is the town in southern Italy that is famous as the traditional source for this unusual type. It was probably introduced there in the late 19th century by veterans returning from colonial wars. Often exported as pickled eggplant.