Now, you may have known that eggplants are a great source of folic acid and
potassium and some studies say they help lower blood pressure and
But here are some other fun facts you might not have known about eggplants.
- Many names
You may not immediately recognize aubergine on a menu abroad. Its many names
include: Brinjal (India), Berenjena (Spanish), Eggplant (US English), Patlican
(Turkish) and Melanzana (Italian).
- Eggplants are not REALLY vegetables, they are berries. Which is not that
strange, considering other fruits are commonly mistaken for vegetables like
- Eggplants and tomatoes are actually related. They both belong to the
nightshade family with the famous literary poison deadly nightshade. But do not
worry, eggplant is not toxic (at least not in normal amounts).
- Consuming eggplant flowers or leaves can be dangerous for human health.
- Different colors
Are you only familiar with the purple aubergine? The fruit can come in other colors
too, like white, green, and purple with white stripes.
- Eggplants come in three main shapes: oval, tear-shaped, and round-shaped.
- Eggplant is a perennial plant, although most producers grow it as an annual (they
plow and destroy the plants after harvesting the fruits).
- Chinese were the first to grow eggplants in a systematic way during the 5th century
- Eggplant’s scientific name is Solanum melongena and is a member of the
Solanaceae family. This family includes other well-known members, such as
tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and tobacco.
- In Renaissance Italy, it was called a “mala insana” or “crazy apple”.
- Surprising content:
Did you know that aubergine contains nicotine? But only a tiny amount, just
0.01%. You would have to eat 9 kilos of aubergines to get the same amount of
nicotine as in one cigarette.
- In what climate do aubergine grow best?
Aubergines like heat; an average temperature of 20-25 degrees is ideal.
- Storing aubergines
Aubergines are best stored in a cool place, outside the fridge.
- Where do aubergines originally come from?
The aubergine plant originally comes from Myanmar.
- When were aubergines first found in Europe?
Arabs brought aubergines to Spanish Andalusia in the 15th century.
- What percentage of water does an aubergine contain?
The aubergine consists of 95% water and 50% of the volume is air!
- How big can an aubergine plant grow?
The aubergine plant can grow to a length of 5 to 6 meters.
- How many fruits grow on an aubergine plant?
110 aubergines per plant, which will give you lots of moussaka.