EN on Foods

November 2002 Issue

Versatile Eggplant Offers Ethnic Appeal

The Folklore: Whether itís served as ratatouille, moussaka or parmigiana, eggplant is known worldwide, and nearly every cuisine has a dish that features it. Its name is thought to be derived from the small yellow and white varieties that bear egg-shaped fruit. Thomas Jefferson, known for experimenting with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America. The Facts: Along with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, eggplant

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