Why eggplant is called an eggplant, when it doesn’t look like an egg?

Eggplant is one of the most affordable and abundant vegetables that are readily available in markets near you. This plant can even be easily grown in your backyard without much need to cultivate or care for it on a daily basis.

But, have you ever wondered why it is called eggplant? Sure, it is a plant but clearly, it does not even resemble any feature of an egg. So why the name?

Well, read on to find out.

In an article by Fine Gardening, it is said that the origin of eggplants can be traced back to 50 BCE with Southeast Asia or India as its probable place of origin.

Today, we already enjoy eggplants of different shapes, colors, and sizes that are all edible. But, the early types of the said plant bore fruit that was considered ornamental instead of edible. These plants flowered and grew small white or yellow and oval fruits that looked just like chicken or goose eggs.

Eggshaped Eggplant. Image via Quora

Because of their appearance and their function as ornaments, the plant was given the name “egg-plant” by British gardeners. The attractive appearance of the plant even earned them attention in exhibitions and is often used in plant competitions.

As time passes, the ornamental eggplants were soon discovered to be an edible plant and through time, its appearance also evolved as to what we see it now – the violet-colored with a long body type of plant.

Eggplants are now widely used in many recipes from France, Egypt, and Italy. You’ll also see it used in food across the Middle East and Asia.

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According to Wonderopolis, some recipes that feature eggplant recommend salting, rinsing, and draining it in order to achieve that flavor that you prefer. Also, raw eggplant has a bitter taste, somewhat like its seeds. When it’s cooked, though, it becomes tender with a rich flavor.

Have you tried eggplants before? Do you like it? What way of cooking eggplants is your favorite?