are native to India, but they are extensively grown in several
Asian and middle eastern countries as well. China, India, and
Egypt produce 85% of the world's eggplants.
The name developed in the 18th century because
a variety grown at the time were yellow or white and resembled
goose eggs. The fruit can be purple, green, white, or even orange.
Most of the varieties grown in Europe or North America are purple
in color. They are between 5 to 9 inches long, and 2 to 4 inches
wide. The largest state in the US that produces eggplant is New
Eggplant can be cooked a large variety of ways.
They can be stewed, roasted, blended with other ingredients, sliced
and fried, grilled, stuffed, baked, or braised. In its native
India, it is known as the 'King of Vegetables.' Two of the famous
international recipes are baba ghanoush and ratatouille.
Enough about the eggplant. It's time to do some
cooking. The recipes page will
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