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Other names: melanzani, british: aubergines

The eggplant is a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family to it is akin to the potato, tomato as well as the tomatillo and chayote. Although we use the eggplant as a vegetable it is really a fruit. While there are many variations of eggplant the most common in the US are “Black Beauty” (the large, dark glossy typical grocery store variety) and Japanese, the long slender version sometimes light purple. If you follow some of the links in this article you will learn about an amazing array of eggplant fruits in various colors, shapes and sizes. The English actually gave the fruit the name of "eggplant" referring one one varieties shape which was similar to an egg. To much of Europe the eggplant is referred to as an "aubergine" and Italy it is called melanzana.
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Substitute for eggplant

Use different varieties interchangeably OR substitute okra OR Zucchini


1 medium   =   1 1/2 pounds
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces= 12 oz

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