Eggplant

Eggplant is a vegetable belonging to the nightshade family. It is closely related to tobacco. Eggplant is often considered to be a very homey vegetable, and is used in dishes such as ratatouille and eggplant Parmesan.

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Eggplant

What does the inside of a bad eggplant look like?

The inside of an eggplant gone bad would look like brown and white marble. White being the natural color of the inside of the eggplant and the brown showing it has gone bad.

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Computers
Computer Buying
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When is the best time to buy a computer?

I would say probably around and/or after Christmas and New Years.

It is also a great time to purchase a computer during large sales days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. .

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Can you still get Longaberger Eggplant Pottery?

Yes, but you have to check often. One place you'll probably see it is on ebay. You can also check the Longaberger Factory Store and Homestead Store - both are on line or you can go there in person in Ohio. It's a great trip if you are near by. Go to your consultant's website (or mine) and scroll down and you'll see a link on the right-hand side to the Factory Store and Homestead Store online. The current selection is small, but I believe it changes often.I would also expect to see some show up in one of the weekly online-only sales. In fact, one of the other retired lines was yesterday's featured sale. Check your consultant's site on Wednesdays or follow Longaberger For You on Facebook to get the latest info.Kelli, a Longaberger Consultant

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How long cooked eggplant last in fridge?

Has been storing my cooked eggplant for 5 days. Still tastes good. :)

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Calorie Count
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How many calories in 1 oz eggplant?

1 oz. of eggplant contains approximately 7 calories.

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What is 'eggplant' in Italian?

Melanzana is an Italian equivalent of the English word "eggplant."

Specifically, the Italian word is a feminine noun. It may be preceded by the definite article la ("the") or the indefinite una ("a, one"). The pronunciation is "MEH-lahn-TSAH-nah."

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Are Eggplants really poisonous?

Eggplants, like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes are members of the nightshade family.

All eggplants contain certain amounts of the toxin Solanine but younger fruit has higher concentrations. Reactions to this poison are usually gastrointestinal and range from mild nausea to severe and convulsive vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms have been reported such as burning of the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, headache and dizziness. Hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils and hypothermia have been reported in more severe cases. In large quantities, solanine poisoning can cause death. One study suggests that doses of 2 to 5 mg per kilogram of body weight can cause toxic symptoms, and doses of 3 to 6 mg per kilogram of body weight can be fatal. Symptoms usually occur 8 to 12 hours after ingestion, but may occur as rapidly as 30 minutes after eating high-solanine foods.

The lowest dose to cause symptoms of nausea is about 25 mg solanine for adults, a life-threatening dose for a regular-weight adult ranges about 400 mg solanine.

The first post to this answer was completely erroneous as it stated that heat neutralises Solanine. This was dangerously misleading and I have deleted it. Heat has absolutely no effect on solanine. The best way to avoid poisoning is to 1)choose only very ripe eggplants/aubergines, 2)soak for a couple of hours in very salty warm water, rinse and soak again in tap water, 3)cook until the eggplant is very well-done (this has nothing to do with exposure to heat but rather to the breakdown in fibers and leeching out of poison this causes). Another precaution is to peel the skin.

Solanine is also present in large quantities in potatoes which appear green below the skin. Some people are fine with peeling away this green bit but the safest thing is to not use them at all. It has been reported that deep frying causes solanine to leech out of the food and into the oil. So if you insist on eating green potatoes, frying is perhaps the best option. Solanine is also present in tomatoes but recordings of reactions are very limited.

Some interesting Solanine trivia...

Sir Walter Raleigh brought potatoes to Ireland and gave a potato plant to Queen Elizabeth I as a present. However the cooks at the royal banquet, unfamiliar with the plant, threw out the edible tubers and cooked the stems and leaves which contain high volumes of Solanine. Everyone fell deathly ill, prompting potatoes to be banned from the court. It would be two centuries before Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, gave potatoes to the poor who (with the help of Prussian soldiers) agreed to eat them.

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How do you peel an eggplant?

Basically the same way you peel any vegetable. A vegetable peeler works pretty well, though can be hard to get started with. A sharp paring knife will work well also.

Pop under the grill, allow to char slightly, allow to cool, peel, enjoy.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken
Eggplant

What is the French term for 'in bad taste'?

The term is "de mauvais goût". The word "quétaine" often used in Québec, means kitsch: something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality.

or "vulgaire", which means "tasteless".

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Eggplant

Why does salt absorb water from eggplants?

Salt doesn't really absorb water, it just pulls out the liquid. This happens with everything, not just eggplants. It has to do with osmosis. That's a chemistry term and not necessarily a cooking term. And there is additional information in the WikiAnswers section on chemistry.

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Is there nicotine in eggplant?

No vavoso

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What does an eggplant look like?

It looks like a Big Purple Egg with green on top

more information:

The eggplant got its name from a variety that produces small oval white fruit that look very much like eggs. The familiar eggplant we find in U.S. markets is a variety known as "aubergine." The eggplant belongs to the Solanaceae plant family along with tomatoes, potatoes and hollow peppers. See the link below for photos and more information.

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Is an eggplant vine shrub herb or tree?

shrub

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What is the symbolic meaning of eggplant to Chinese people?

Happy smile laughterscuz when you say "qie zi"(eggplant in Chinese), you seem to smile. when Chinese take photos, we like to say qie zi to make a big big smile.
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What can you use instead of Eggplant in a recipe?

You can substitute zucchini for eggplant in many recipes.

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Cooked eggplant in tomatoes sauce is safe in refrigerator for how long?

OK but the smart thing to do is to look at the recipe and it should be on the box and if its not then look it up on-line

sorry but it can last up to 2 weeks in a good tempture frige

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Food Safety
Eggplant

Is it OK to eat the skins of Aubergines?

Answer It is perfectly fine to eat the skin, however, it needs to be cooked, not eaten raw,The skin of eggplant contains nasunin which is an antioxidant that protects brain cells from free radicals. Just be sure and roast, grill or sautee it or even bake it, when sauted is best, brings out the natural sugars and the meat gets wet looking and has the texture of a tomato that is very ripe, the skin will soften a bit and be nutritous.Yes. I've always left the skin on eggplants (aubergines) when I cook them, to no ill effect. Large eggplants can have tough, hard to chew and digest skins (as do most white varieties, regardless of size) and so should be peeled for the sake of palatability. But there is no harm in eating them.

i use them on top of a mousakka and i have had no effect either

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PLEASE READ!!!Eggplants, like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes are members of the nightshade family.

All eggplants contain certain amounts of the toxin Solanine but younger fruit has higher concentrations. Reactions to this poison are usually gastrointestinal and range from mild nausea to severe and convulsive vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms have been reported such as burning of the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, headache and dizziness. Hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils and hypothermia have been reported in more severe cases. In large quantities, solanine poisoning can cause death. One study suggests that doses of 2 to 5 mg per kilogram of body weight can cause toxic symptoms, and doses of 3 to 6 mg per kilogram of body weight can be fatal. Symptoms usually occur 8 to 12 hours after ingestion, but may occur as rapidly as 30 minutes after eating high-solanine foods.

The lowest dose to cause symptoms of nausea is about 25 mg solanine for adults, a life-threatening dose for a regular-weight adult ranges about 400 mg solanine.

Heat has absolutely no effect on solanine. The best way to avoid poisoning is to 1)choose only very ripe eggplants/aubergines, 2)soak for a couple of hours in very salty warm water, rinse and soak again in tap water, 3)cook until the eggplant is very well-done (this has nothing to do with exposure to heat but rather to the breakdown in fibers and leeching out of poison this causes). Another precaution is to peel the skin. Some people however are so sensitive to solanine that they should not eat eggplants under any circumstances.

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How much does eggplant cost when in season?

Just to say that an eggplant is the same thing as an aubergine in case anyone was confused. ANyway eggplants/aubergines cost £4.50 in season.

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Italian Language and Culture
Eggplant

What is eggplant when translated from English to Italian?

In standard Italian the word for eggplant is melanzana, a word also used disparagingly to denote a black person.

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What does a bad eggplant taste like when it goes bad?

Like a normal eggplant because it tastes bad to begin with.

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Can you freeze raw eggplant?

i guess

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Frying and Sauteeing Foods

Does Eggplant have to be salted before frying?

IMHO, no. The water content of eggplant is high, so salting them helps to remove some of the moisture. But, in my experience, it makes no difference. The problem with the salting technique is that it increases the sodium content, and that can be a health issue. I prefer to microwave eggplant slices first for a few minutes, then lightly saut

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What is an eggplant press?

An eggplant press is a device similar to a wine press that is used to "press" or squeeze the liquid from sliced eggplants prior to canning. The pressing removes the excess liquid from the eggplants as well as makes them paper thin ideal for canning.

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Why are eggplant called eggplant?

The eggplant (also called an aubergine) got its name back in 18th century Europe from the farmers who grew them, because some varieties of eggplant actually look like off-white/yellowish goose eggs. The elongated deep purple eggplant is the most common seen in the United States, but Thai eggplants for instance are the same shape, size, and relative color as goose or hen eggs.

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Cooking Techniques
Eggplant

How do you cook eggplant?

several ways to cook eggplant,( my dog's way) cut 100000000000000000000000 inch thick slices ,couple eggs beaten in bowl,flower on plate with black pepper,garlic powder and a little salt . heat frying pan with a little cooking oil( medium high). dip eggplant slices in egg than cover with flower mixture, shake excess flower off. lay in hot pan and lightly brown on both sides. then add boom babies

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