Grow Rosa Bianca for its beauty: its softball-sized, rounded, only slightly elongated fruit are spectacular. Or, grow it for its taste: it is among the most delicately flavored of eggplants, custard-like and not at all bitter when fully roasted. Whatever your reason, you will not be disappointed.
The name eggplant was inspired by some of the first ornamental European cultivars that produced fruits that looked like pale goose eggs. The crop has evolved a great deal since that naming. Now there are eggplants that are long, thin, and lavender; and there are those that look like miniature pumpkins, deep purple paisleys, and orange ovals. This Italian variety, excellent for baking and casseroles, features painterly streaking of purple, pink, and white upon its broad, slightly lobed shape. Try hatching a few in your garden.