Do you eat eggplant? Is it long or round?

@zearah (5289)
Philippines
July 2, 2009 6:48pm CST
Oriental eggplants are native to tropical Asia and very popular in Japan, China, India, Thailand and Philippines. There are many varieties, light or dark purple, brown or green color, round and slender in shape. This may be long or round. Eggplants are used in many ways in the Orient: 1.) tempura and pickling by Japanese 2.) stir-fry and boiling by Chinese 3.) stuffing and baking by Indian and Vietnamese 4.) cooked with many varieties and dishes in Philippines Oriental eggplants are sweet and delicious that are cooked with or without peeling and salting. Almost in all in one place you will see eggplant in long or round, big and small. What do you think is the best, from Western countries or EGGPLANT from the Orient?
15 responses
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
yes i do eat eggplant... i like it with eggs(torta), grilled or boiled then mixed with native vinegar with garlic or with onions and ginger (filipino style salad...) also good with fish extract (ginamos in cebuano), i also use sauted shrimp paste for fried eggplant...love to put it in mixed veggies (pinakbet) and many more! i can eat any type of eggplants but the common that i get is the long purple one...the short round one is very few... i never tasted eggplant from other country or aubergine as some called it... but have you seen a white eggplant?
@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Naw! White eggplant , Maybe that's exclusive only in your place(or in your house) Here eggplants are only those I've mentioned above. Other than that I would love to check and try the taste. I'm sure that here are very big and long ones. Many times I've seen in our farms.
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
hehehe...actually i just saw this white eggplant when i get here to Cebu and it is not available in the market i think...the taste id just the same as the purple long ones...it just differs in color...hehehe it looks like a radish! i think its not always available coz i just tasted it maybe twice, my friend have it in her garden and i am really amazed to see that white eggplant! and now i think i will miss seeing that coz i am no longer near her place...she's in the province...
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
hehehe...sounds good! mmmmm and now my mind is working...big and long eggplant for tonight? hahaha yes tell your mom to plant a white eggplant...its nice...and unique somehow...
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
3 Jul 09
The most common variety that I have seen so far is the long and purple one. I do love eggplants. They are perfect for breakfast as "tortang talong". First it is inexpensive, and sometimes a good meat extender when TOKWA is not aroundw. It is also nutritious.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yeah! "Meat extender", you got the word! Pinoys are really creative and naturally good in cooking. Hmmmmmm, yummy I feel hungry but it's too early for dinner.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Hehe, I just got that from a commercial for Del Monte recipes and sauces.:-)
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Really that was great, you gave me an idea to read on "Del Monte Recipes", thank you for sharing the idea. Happy mylotting!
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
3 Jul 09
hi zearah, i have not know what is an oriental eggplant,how can i comment on this discussion,first time hearing this word eggplant?
@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
He he he! Try to imagine the description cited in the topic. Okay, if only I could upload a pic, then the discussion would be more clear to readers , right! I can just say try eggplant that is longer and bigger 'coz it's better!
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
5 Jul 09
hi zearah, once again you are kidding me, your are naughty
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
5 Jul 09
Hey, you're thinking of the other way around, he he he! Well it's good to be happy right! Keep on smiling, and happy mylotting!
@Preciousgem (1190)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I usually like long eggplant, i use to fry, scramble with egg and grill it or just boil it and sometimes we mix it with the other vegetables, because eggplant are the most tastier vegetables.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yeah! Actually all varieties have great taste, but for me also the bigger and longer eggplant is much delicious ever!
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I eat eggplant but I haven't tried other varieties of eggplant outside the Philippines. I prefer to cook it boiled or like omelette we called it here "torta". I like to dip it with fish sauce or shrimp paste when I cook it boiled. I don't like the taste of it if it is baked because it has satiating taste. We also mix it with other vegetables.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yes, eggplant is so delicious in many ways as Pinoys simple cook. The eggplant is mixed with other vegetables and cooked in hot pan with little oil or what we called as "Penakbet" or "Ginisa" with meat such as grinned beef, chicken liver, fresh or dried or paste shrimps.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I don't know much about eggplant. I'm growing it now in my garden so I guess I'll find out. I believe eggplant is in the pepper family but don't quote me on it.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Hmmmmm, you give me a reason to think of it "eggplant - pepper family", well in one way or another you have a point 'coz if we are going to look on it seeds it looks similar to peeper. Though I'm not sure of it too. If it is, then guava would be in pepper family too? He he he, this is what my imagination works as you've started me to think. It's good to hear that from you that you personally plant an eggplant. Keep it up!
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yes. I eat eggplant either long or round together with fried fish and vinegar as my condiment. I loved especially eggplant cooked with scrambled egg. I haven't eaten any eggplant from western countries though that is why I cannot give my opinion which eggplant tastes best.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yummy, only a few minutes I had done with my dinner of white rice plus eggplant- boiled in water, then I soaked it with grated coconut milk, with onions and tomatoes cut in fine-thin and small slices, with vinegar and chili and little salt to taste. Hmmm, I can't help myself not to tell this! Thank you for sharing your part on eggplant! Let's hear from those who live from western countries.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
3 Jul 09
oh yes... i do... i love eggplant... we usually cook it with sweet soy sauce and chilli here... so yummy... we have the purple colour, long and round one... i never get tired of eating eggplant and always love it... now you make me craving for an eggplant by your post... take care and have a nice day...
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yes, eating eggplant really good. You'll surely miss all that you love menu in eggplant. Different recipes and procedures to cook this.
• China
3 Jul 09
I just cooked eggplant in my supper, first, I made some pork chip and stir-fried , second, I cut eggplant spindly, stir-fry the spind with pork chip. thirdly , put some garlic chip and capsicum chip and some salt in the pain, ok, take the delicious eggplant from the boiler.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Wow, those are all delicious! I learned again from here another way of eggplant preparation. Eggplant really a good source of minerals and vitamins in the body. That's why the bigger, the longer, the better
@wings143 (133)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I love eggplant..it is nutritious...yes, it is common here in philippines, that's why most filipinos of different status in life eat eggplant as part of their meals...
@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yes an eggplant here in Philippines is for poor, middle class, and even rich people! Every Pinoy love the native eggplant though some of mothers are wanting to try eggplants from foreign countries. I just don't have an idea which country has the biggest and longest eggplant!
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I eat only the long kind, and just one kind of cooking, I eat it when it's fried, dipped in vinegar and fish sauce.. hmm. my mouth is watering. I don't eat it any other way, because the texture is weird when it's not fried.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Hmmmmm, you have a wide imagination "texture is weird", he he he. I think I have the right guess. Well, if you'd tried once the other type of eggplant cook, you'll love it for sure.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
3 Jul 09
We eat it. I am from India. Here region wise, season wise, there are various types of eggplants.We take it fried, curried, then baked and fried in a certain manner, curry and so on. But I do not like egg plant curries. Rather i like it in winter when it is bigger in size and much sweet.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Yes, the bigger and the longer makes the eggplant more delicious and sweet or tasty. I would like to tell you that we are planting eggplants in our farm here in Philippines and we have seeds from other countries other seeds maybe from yours.
@shakil8 (407)
• India
3 Jul 09
i hate eggplant...........and also my brothers but not my parents they just love to eat it..in india you will found dark purple and green in colors mostly......
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
I could not argue with you, if you don't like eggplant. But I could say, try another menu with eggplant, from Philippines way of cook so simple yet so delicious, yeah! Well those bigger and longer are the most delicious. At least, a big advantage with you is you have it there in your place, so cook it in a new style and try!
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
Yes, I eat eggplant of any color, size and shape...I love those fresh small round eggplants (they taste sweet) in pinakbet or dinengdeng (Pilipino vegetable recipe). On the other hand, im want those long purple eggplant mixed with egg.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Wow, you could have any dishes! Those you've mentioned all best in taste. Yes really eggs could make the taste even great!
@kryzell (921)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
I haven't tried eggplants from other countries. So I really can't tell the difference. But from experience, I love to eat eggplant salads, another favorite treat, made from eggplants... is grilling it, then peeled, then mashed with egg and spices, then fried. I am not really sure what it's called... but it tastes good.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
Yes, I love that taste. Even not fry with eggs, enough its grilled with lemon juice plus chili, and tomatoes, and soy sauce to add the taste! Yummy! Especially those bigger in size and longest!
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I have never had eggplant. Somthing about it turns me off. Maybe will have to try it.
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@zearah (5289)
• Philippines
2 Jul 09
Yes! I guess you'll love the taste of the lengthy and big shape, its either dark or light in color! Try once, and you'll never forget it.