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The Mysterious History of Eggplants

The Mysterious History of Eggplants

You may have recently used this fruit, yes fruit, in your kitchen. You may also know it by another name: Aubergine, brinjal, solanum melongena, or guinea squash. But did you know the eggplant’s origin is a bit of a mystery? Eggplants have been grown for a very long time, dating back to 50 BCE; but the whereabouts of their native land remains uncertain. They have grown in Asia and Africa for yonks, although not always appearing as the long, dark-purple, oval-shaped fruit we know today. The original plant got bigger and changed in color, taste, and feel after being domesticated...

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