Did you know that summer is the growing season for eggplants? The plants need high temperatures to grow. They have a short growing season and can be harvested 60 days after planting. Eggplants can also be prepared in a variety of ways: grilled, baked, boiled, stuffed, and more. As you chew on this summer favorite, check out these excellent eggplant facts.

  1. The plant originated from India.
  2. The plant was cultivated in India and China for more than 1,500 years.
  3. Slowly, eggplants were introduced to Europe and Africa. Spaniards then brought the crop to North America.
  4. By the early 1800s, white and purple varieties were grown in America.
  5. More than 60% of eggplants are produced in China. Other major producers include India, Egypt, Turkey, and Iran.
  6. Eggplants are also commonly known as aubergines. The word “aubergine” comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit.
  7. The name “eggplant” was developed in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The fruit was yellow or white and resembled eggs.
  8. Eggplants are technically berries but are regarded as vegetables when cooking.
  9. The berry is a part of the nightshade family along with potatoes and tomatoes.
  10. Eggplant has more nicotine than any other edible plant. But the amount is very low and can’t do any harm.
  11. Eggplants can have many colors such as white, green, purple, and purple with white stripes.
  12. Eggplants contain 95% water. 50% of the volume is air.
  13. Eggplants are known as “King of the Vegetables” in India.

 

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Written by Marketing Assistant Abigail Tomalewski

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