Originating from southern India and Sri Lanka, the eggplant (aubergine in Europe) has appeared in the Western world no earlier than 1500 CE. This vegetale from the family of the nightshades (solanaceae related to the tomato and the potato), is absolutely wonderful. Not only is it beautiful with it's perfect shape and extraordinary color, but it is also an incredible source of inspiration culinary-wise!
It's slightly bitter, rich and complex flavor makes it the ideal ally in the kitchen. No wonder it is widely used around the world! Whether the eggplant is used in a humble or a luxurious dish, in a homeland or exotic recipe, it always adds a great touch to all of your preparations...
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