Different types of Eggplants

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The real reason I wrote this post is because I am amazed by how there are so many different types of eggplants.  You thought that you knew about eggplants, but not only are there so many different kinds, but there’s also a bunch of interesting facts about them!  For example, did you know that they have nicotine in them? Here’s some fun facts about them, and what different types of eggplants there are:

  1. Eggplants are actually a fruit (and not a vegetable), just like tomatoes, potatoes, and chili peppers! These ‘veggies’ are actually all in the Nightshade family… which also includes…Tobacco! Which is why…
  2. Eggplants actually contains the highest amount of nicotine found in any vegetable! Don’t worry though, you would have to have eat about 20 lbs (9kg) of eggplants to hit the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette!
  3. Some Foodies say there’s a difference in ‘male’ and ‘female’ eggplants and that they taste different!  However, scientist disagree that there is such a thing.
  4. You thought you knew what eggplants…but eggplants vary in size and colors. Check them out these Eggplants around the world:
American Eggplants
American Eggplants

Here’s your standard American Eggplants which looks a lot like Italian Eggplants (not pictured).  American ones are more round, than your normal Italian ones.

Chinese Eggplants
Chinese Eggplants

Chinese eggplants have a thinner skin and are less bitter as it has less seeds (the seeds are what makes an eggplant slightly bitter).  Here’s a delicious chinese eggplant dish I recommend: Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (魚香茄子).

Japanese Eggplants
Japanese Eggplants

Japanese Eggplants are more similar to Chinese Eggplants.  The skin is thin and it has a sweet flavor. It can also be green, pink, white, lavender or purple.

Indian Eggplants
Indian Eggplants

Indian eggplants are sweeter and more tender than American Eggplants.  They’re small and round, just a few inches long, and have a smooth, dark purple skin.

Thai Eggplants
Thai Eggplants

My personal visual favorite! These look the most different from those other eggplants that the first time I saw it I didn’t realize they were eggplants!  They are tiny little eggplants and are more bitter than the American eggplant, especially the seeds.  The seeds are removed before making Thai dishes such as Thai Green Curry with Beef Recipe.

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  1. Hi there! thanks for stopping by at my blog 🙂
    I just cooked stir fried egg plant with pork ribs in soy bean sauce just the other day!! love them to bits 🙂
    come by soon as I’ll post an entry about it later 🙂

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