- a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit.
- the fruit of this plant used as a table vegetable.
- a blackish purple color; aubergine.
Origin of eggplant
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The sweet potato fries (actually roasted) and eggplant pizza were perfectly prepared.Michelle Obama’s Charm Offensive
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Then add the zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and chilies and cook, stirring for a further 10 minutes.We Are Off to the Races!!
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The book is worth reading for the chapter titles alone: "Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant," "Repulsive Dinners: A Memoir."Classic Food Memoirs
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Use the back of the spoon to press the eggplant flesh against the side of the colander to remove excess water.Into the Heart of Turkey
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When an eggplant is prepared in this way, it will appear as in Fig. 16.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
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Eggplant is sometimes eaten at dinner, but generally at breakfast.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
A half pound of meat is enough to nicely stuff one eggplant.
Stuff the eggplant shell with this mixture, cover the top with crumbs, and bake.
If tomatoes are not used, acidulate a combination of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.
- a tropical Old World solanaceous plant, Solanum melongena, widely cultivated for its egg-shaped typically dark purple fruit
- the fruit of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
Also called: aubergine
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Word Origin and History for eggplant
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