Discover the surprising history behind the unique vegetable, eggplant, and how it got its name

When we think of eggplants, we usually picture the long, purple fruit that is often used in savory dishes. But there’s more to eggplants than just the classic purple variety, and the name itself is somewhat peculiar.

“Eggplant can make for a great dish as an additional element or on their own! They can be grilled, cooked with tomato sauce and cheese, or added to any casserole,” explains the article. However, the viral photo from Reddit that is featured suggests that not all eggplants look like the ones we know and love.

The photo shows an eggplant that actually looks like an egg, which might make the name a bit more sensible. But there’s more to the story than just the name.

The article goes on to discuss the differences between the more common purple eggplants and the less well-known white eggplants. White eggplants, also known as white aubergines, have a creamy white color instead of the typical deep purple.

When it comes to taste, all eggplants can be a bit tough and bitter when raw. However, once they are cooked, they are a great food for taking on the flavors of other ingredients. They can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, fried, or baked, and are particularly well-suited to dishes with light sauces or delicate flavors. However, if overcooked, they can become too mushy to be enjoyable.

According to Specialty Produce, white eggplants have a “fruity and mild” flavor, and when cooked, are described as “warm” and “mellow.” Because of the thicker skin on white eggplants, it is recommended to peel it off before cooking or eating. In contrast, purple eggplants have thinner skin and can be eaten as is.

While white eggplants aren’t as widely available as their purple counterparts, they can often be found in specialty markets or through online seed catalogs for home gardeners.

Finally, the article delves into the history of eggplants, which have been around since at least 544 and have long been a mysteriously named fruit. European farmers in the 1700s gave the fruit its name, as they thought the small white or yellow eggplant resembled goose or duck eggs.