Round the World w/ Eggplant

Native to India, eggplant spread round the world via Arabic traders. Owing to its versatile nature and wide use in both everyday and festive Indian food, it is often described (under the name brinjal) as the ‘King of Vegetables’. The name eggplant refers to the fact that the fruits of some 18th century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen’s eggs. The name aubergine, which is used in British English, is an adoption from the French word (derived from Catalan albergínia which is derived from the  Arabic al-baðinjān that comes from the Persian bâdenjân which came from the Sanskrit vātiga-gama).

If you are looking for a new way to dish out eggplant, try some of these regional favorites; we have gathered some goodies from round the internet to offer you inspiration during eggplant season.

Indian

Middle Eastern

(Lots of asian recipes call for japanese varieties of eggplant, however, italian (like the ones MimoMex grows) & middle eastern (like the ones found @ the Heaalthway Farmstand in McCarren Park on Sats) varieties can always be substituted with amazing success.)

Chinese

Japanese

Korean

Pacific Islands:

(a small 3 inch greenish orange eggplant variety, sometimes known as a “cannibal tomato”, is native to the South Pacific Islands)

Californian

Latino

French

Italian

German

Let us know how you rock your eggplant this season & send us those pics of your eggplant dishes….


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