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Eggplant

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

Equivalents

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

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Nutrition Facts
(USDA#11209)
Serving Size
1 cup, cubes (82 grams)
Calories
20
Total Fat
0g
  Saturated Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
2mg
Potassium
189mg
Total Carbohydrates
5g
  Dietary Fiber
3g
  Sugars
2g
Protein
1g
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