Some Mad Apples or Crazy Apples

@Corbin5 (149246)
United States
June 6, 2019 11:37am CST
Eggplant was once called "mad apple" or "crazy apple." Due to eggplant being a nightshade vegetable, people thought that eating eggplant would cause a person to go mad or crazy. Vegetables that belong to the nightshade family, along with the eggplant, include tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, and potatoes. Nightshade family veggies got a bad rap a long time ago because the poisonous and very deadly nightshade known as atropa belladonna was, and still is, in the nightshade famiy. The majority of humans do not need to fear eating potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, bell peppers, and eggplants. However, for some humans, nightshade vegetables can make inflammation worse due to those humans not being able to tolerate the alkaloids in nightshade vegetables. Photo: Pixabay
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@Gillygirl (32815)
• Sutton, England
6 Jun
Aubergines are not one of my favourite vegetables!
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
My mother never prepared eggplant for meals so I never even thought to do so.
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@xFiacre (7842)
• Ireland
6 Jun
@gillygirl Aubergines - a much nicer name than egg plant.
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@Gillygirl (32815)
• Sutton, England
6 Jun
@xFiacre It flows off the tongue
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@MALUSE (51836)
• Germany
6 Jun
I had fried slices of eggplant yesterday and haven't noticed an attack of madness (yet). :-)
The other day I read a post from a hausfrau who had prepared fried slices of aubergine and ravaged the whole kitchen in the process. I hadn't prepared this...
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
Oh, I am so glad madness did not come your way! My mother never prepared and served eggplant. Eggplant is quite foreign to me, and I have never eaten it.
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@MALUSE (51836)
• Germany
6 Jun
@Corbin5 You should try my recipe. Fried slices of eggplant are yummy! Your family will compliment you on the new dish.
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@garymarsh6 (18398)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
@MALUSE that of course is your opinion!
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@amadeo (97580)
• United States
6 Jun
Egg plant is our favorite here.Thank you for sharing the interesting article there.
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@LadyDuck (230087)
• Switzerland
6 Jun
They are also our favorite Alfredo, Parmigiana, Moussaka, breaded and fried, all good.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
@LadyDuck I do not recall ever eating eggplant. My mother never prepared it, so I suppose I never had the desire to give them a try.
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@amadeo (97580)
• United States
6 Jun
@Corbin5 eggplant parmagania is one our fav. Egg plant is very good for you.
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@AKRao24 (23465)
• India
6 Jun
In fact egg plants are very popular in India. We have varieties of dishes made out of this vergetable! This is one f my favorite vegetable and I love having it at very frequent intervals!
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
I am so glad you enjoy eggplants. I have never eaten eggplant most likely due to the fact that my mother never served eggplant.
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@AKRao24 (23465)
• India
7 Jun
@Corbin5 , They are very delicious and can be prepared in many ways! Almost all Indian Kitchens must have this vegetable without fail!
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@AKRao24 That looks really good. Thank you for the photo!
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@alberello75 (22847)
• Genova, Italy
6 Jun
BELLADONNA "deadly nightshade" . I saw in a movie, it was a spell! Does this have something to do with this legend?
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
Yes, belladonna or deadly nightshade are one and the same. Deadly to humans. Since other vegetables are in the nightshade family, they were feared for a while, but actually are not harmful to humans.
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@alberello75 (22847)
• Genova, Italy
6 Jun
@Corbin5 I imagined.. Only a legend used for horror movies.
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@Tampa_girl7 (31149)
• United States
6 Jun
It's not my favorite veggie, but I do occasionally like to eat them.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
I have never eaten eggplant. My mother never cooked eggplant so it is rather a foreign vegetable to me.
@LadyDuck (230087)
• Switzerland
6 Jun
We still call them "melanzane" in Italy that means mela (apple) insana (mad). I like eggplants, I cannot eat many vegetables but I have no problems with those of the nightshade family.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
I was surprised to learn that those who have autoimmune disorders are advised to shy away from those vegetables in the nightshade family. I think it depends upon the amount consumed.
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@LadyDuck (230087)
• Switzerland
7 Jun
@Corbin5 It is not only the quantity but what you eat, the white potatoes are of the nightshade family too, if you eat those that turned green they are toxic, same if you eat the leaves of eggplants and tomatoes. I always wash my hands very well when I touch the leaves.
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@MALUSE (51836)
• Germany
7 Jun
I know the Italian word. Yet, I didn't know its etymology. That's interesting to know.
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@Hannihar (66002)
7 Jun
@Corbin5 I am not an eggplant person. I love tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I think I would like fried eggplant. I may give that a try. My mom never cooked eggplant.
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@Hannihar (66002)
10 Jun
@Corbin5 I never had it either but not sure I would like it. Please tell me if you like it or not.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
10 Jun
@Hannihar Will do. I would like to fry eggplant.
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@CarolDM (32633)
• United States
6 Jun
This is all new to me. I love eggplant.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
I have never eaten eggplant. I suppose that is due to my mother never serving eggplant.
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@CarolDM (32633)
• United States
6 Jun
@Corbin5 It is great. You can bread it and fry it, of course that is good. Then there is eggplant parmesan. Oh it is really good.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
@CarolDM I need to give those a try.
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@Sojourn (5895)
• India
7 Jun
Our family used to prepare eggplant always and I have now grown a taste for it. Now I get to know what causes the itching sometimes eating eggplant.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
Well, I think you may be allergic to vegetables in the nightshade family. Some people are allergic to other nightshades such as tomatoes, and they may be more likely to develop an eggplant allergy. I bet you suffer an allergic reaction to eggplant.
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@Sojourn (5895)
• India
7 Jun
@Corbin5 It doesn't cause that itching inside my mouth every time I eat brinjal though.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@Sojourn That is strange. It may depend upon the quantity of alkaloids in the nightshade plants.
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@smileyhema (3001)
• United States
7 Jun
Oh that's a nice piece of information. I'd always liked eggplant dishes.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
It seems that many really do enjoy eggplant. I need to try it one of these days.
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• United States
7 Jun
@Corbin5 : I like two types of meals with eggplant. 1. Stuffed one - where we put most of the spices and stuff inside the eggplant and give it a deep fry 2. Spice curry with rice
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@smileyhema I think I would really like to try #1!!
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@rakski (33925)
• Philippines
7 Jun
I personally do not eat eggplant but I eat the other nightshade vegetables
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I eat the other nightshade vegetables too. My mother and my husband's mother did not serve eggplant so we never did either.
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@rakski (33925)
• Philippines
7 Jun
@Corbin5 oh so it is not only me
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@rakski I suppose some of us stick to many of same foods we ate as kids.
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@RubyHawk (34089)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Jun
thanks for the info. I like all the veggies mentioned except chili pepper.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I do not like chili pepper either. My mom never served eggplant and neither did my husband's mother so neither one of us has ever desired to eat eggplant.
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@RubyHawk (34089)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Jun
@Corbin5 I like egg plant. It's very good sliced, breaded and baked.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
13 Jun
@RubyHawk I did give it a try. I dipped slices in batter and then fried the slices. My husband really liked the taste of the fried eggplant.
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• United States
6 Jun
'n many 're toxic to pups... nightshade family that'd be. 'nterestin' they conjured such, but then 'gain, they'd some odd ideas back'n the day. i'd be one'f those folks who struggles with nightshades. if'n i 'twas smart i'd give 'em'p. sadly i refuse, but do partake'n great moderation.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
6 Jun
Yes, I think people would suffer inflammation if veggies from the nightshade family were eaten in large quantities.
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• United States
6 Jun
@Corbin5 yes ma'am 'n fer some 'nsane reason, they'd be some'f my fav's. i miss eggplant parm 'n many other dishes. taters...a southern staple 'n then there'd be those maters 'n others. danged the luck, lol. oddly, there'd be many who know 'f such'n consume 'em regular anyhow? then pop pills to quell their feelin' the inflammation, not perhaps realizin' such jest makes't all worse.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I think baked potatoes have made the knee I injured in sports ache after I eat one. Until I wrote this post, I wasn't aware of nightshade veggies causing joint pain.
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@raveeen (2314)
11 Jun
Eggplant is one of my favorite
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
11 Jun
I had my husband buy one today. I will give it a try.
@raveeen (2314)
12 Jun
@Corbin5 So how did you cooked it?
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
12 Jun
@raveeen Well, @Maluse wrote a discussion about how to make fried eggplant. I am going to try that.
@parpande (1260)
• Bangalore, India
7 Jun
@Corbin5 Is there a difference between eggplant and brinjal ?
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
Eggplant and brinjal are the same.
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@parpande (1260)
• Bangalore, India
7 Jun
@Corbin5 Well then I like Brinjals , I like them crispy and roasted sometimes. Indeed , it is a good taste but it does nt have any nutrients needed by the body as said by few Yoga gurus . Besides, I learnt from few sources that having them regularly could form piles.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@parpande I suppose we should only eat them every now and then and not all the time.
@Mamerto32 (1377)
• Canlubang, Philippines
7 Jun
I love eggplants! Especially fried or roasted. Some of my friends never liked it, due to the texture. But for me, it is served well with fish.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I think I would enjoy eating fried eggplant.
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@Mamerto32 (1377)
• Canlubang, Philippines
7 Jun
@Corbin5 you should try it. Sometimes we make an omelet out of it.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
@Mamerto32 I will give it a try. Might as well!!
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• Japan
7 Jun
I love their tastes but nightshades do not love me.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I was surprised to learn that nightshades affect many humans negatively.
• Japan
8 Jun
@Corbin5 Me too! I wonder how much arthritis is really a reaction to them.
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
8 Jun
@petatonicsca I wonder too. I imagine that there are many folks who have arthritis who are unaware that nightshade family veggies exacerbate the problem.
@rebelann (50922)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Jun
I've never tasted eggplant, I wonder if I would like it, I love tomatoes, potatoes and chili but I don't like bell peppers, do eggplants have a flavor similar to the first 3?
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
7 Jun
I do not know what eggplants taste like since I have never eaten eggplant. My mom never served eggplant so I suppose I just never thought of giving it a try.
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@rebelann (50922)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Jun
Ahhh, so we're in the same boat @Corbin5
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
8 Jun
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@didinedhia (7915)
• Algeria
13 Jun
Some mad crazy apple
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@Corbin5 (149246)
• United States
13 Jun
Yes, a weird vegetable it is.
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• Algeria
13 Jun
@Corbin5 yes loool
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