(Aubergine / Eggplant / Brinjal)
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India. Introduced into Spain and northern Africa by arab
traders in the Middle Ages, by the 15th century was established in Italy and in
France by the 18th century.
Cooked as a vegetable, eg. in ratatouille. Has a very
spongy texture so that when you fry it, it soaks up vast quantities of oil.
However, once the heat reaches a certain level, the spongy structure collapses
and much of the oil is removed.