Baba Nasu is said to have been grown since the Muromachi period (1336-1573). But because its surface is easily damaged so that it is difficult to distribute, it has not been grown on a commercial basis. Therefore, some local farmers grow it only for the amount of own consumption. That’s why it is called the “super-rare eggplant.
Twenty years ago, Mr. Hatake’s father joined the project that starts a new farmer’s market in Kaizuka City and wanted to make a special new product. Then, he decided to grow Baba Nasu commercially again. However, normal eggplant can be purchased by a wholesaler, but Baba eggplant cannot be purchased by them because it is not a standard eggplant. For that reason, Mr. Hatake had to develop his own sales channels. This is one of the main reasons why it is difficult to grow Baba eggplant commercially.