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Baby eggplants are available year-round.
Baby eggplants, botanically a member of Solanum melongena are a member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae along with tomatoes. The term “baby” in Baby eggplant refers not necessarily to the maturity level of the eggplant but more so to its petite size. Baby eggplants are sometimes marketed as Indian eggplant and Patio eggplant. There are also other baby sized varieties such as Thai eggplant and Bambino hybrid eggplant. The most commonly grown Baby eggplants are rounded with a purple hued skin though recently new varieties have come on the market in varying shapes and shades of white, green, lavender and purple.
Baby eggplants are petite eggplants that grow only two to three inches in length. Their shape can vary from short and stout to slightly elongated and narrow tapering just slightly towards their stem capped top or calyx. Its smooth skin is thin and varies in hue from shiny deep purple, bright white and lavender to sometimes even green depending upon variety. Its flesh is cream colored with a subtly sweet flavor offering a more tender flesh when compared to that of larger sized eggplants. Overripe Baby eggplants will have skin with slight wrinkling and offer a slightly bitter flavor and pithy texture.
The purple skin of Baby eggplants is rich in phytochemicals specifically of Nasunin a type of anthocyanin which helps lower the risk of heart disease when consumed. Baby eggplants are also an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain a healthy cholesterol and blood sugar level in the body. Similar to full sized eggplants and a handful of other vegetable in the Solanaceae family Baby eggplant contains a small amount of nicotine, with twenty pounds of eggplant having equal amounts of nicotine as one cigarette.
Extremely versatile in their culinary uses Baby eggplants can be utilized in an array of applications. Similar to full sized eggplants they can be fried, braised, roasted and grilled. Their petite size makes them ideal for use as one bite appetizers hollowed and stuffed with fillings then baked. Once roasted Baby eggplants can be pureed or chopped and used to make chutney, tapenade and other dips. When cooked the texture of Baby eggplant is hearty and bulky making it perfect for use as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan preparations. Once sliced it is common to salt and let the slices of eggplant sit as a means of reducing the bitterness of the eggplant. Sliced eggplant also has a tendency to absorb fats of whatever it is prepared in so care should be taken as to not overly saturate the slices with oil when cooking. The flavor of the Baby eggplant pairs well with a variety of different cuisine flavor profiles such as Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese. Fresh Baby eggplant is highly perishable and should be stored in a cool dry place and used ideally within two days. Refrigeration should be avoided as the cold can lead to premature browning and breakdown of the flesh.
Eggplant dates back to the start of the Christian era and accounts of it have been found in Sanskrit and Chinese texts. It is believed to be native to China and Indo-Burma, making its way to Japan in the 8th century then later to Europe in the 13th century. The early eggplants were petite and round to oval in shape much like the modern Baby eggplant we enjoy today, a shape and size which is responsible for the eggplant’s namesake. Early forms of Baby eggplant were petite and very bitter in flavor, as a result they were most often used as an ornamental plant. Today in the United States Baby eggplants are grown for commercial production predominately in Florida. Provided they are given ample sun and moist, well-drained soil Baby eggplant plants will be ample fruiters. Regular harvesting of fruits, trimming the eggplants from the stem will ensure productive branches of the plant continue to bear fruit all season.
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Near Miramar, Florida, United States
About 111 days ago, 1/03/17
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - InterbayNear Seattle, Washington, United States
2001 15th Avenue W, Seattle 98119
About 206 days ago, 10/01/16
Spotter's comments : Baby Eggplant spotted at Whole Foods Market. Local Organic mixed Eggplant, $3.99/lb! Braised, grilled, baked or sliced, battered and fried ;)
Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market
Happy Boy FarmsNear Berkeley, California, United States
About 240 days ago, 8/27/16
Spotter's comments : Baby Eggplant spotted at Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market. Some organic eggplants that require just a little cooking and salt for a great meal!
Cheyennes Road Market Near Evesham Township, New Jersey, United States
About 581 days ago, 9/21/15
Spotter's comments : Baby Eggplant spotted at Cheyennes Road Market.
The Dining Room Hyatt Hyderabad Near Hyderabad, Telangana, India
About 617 days ago, 8/17/15
Spotter's comments : Baby Eggplant spotted at The Dining Room Hyatt Hyderabad. Enjoying Indian eggplant at Hyatt!
Mercado Hidalgo Near Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
About 658 days ago, 7/06/15
Hy-Vee Near Clinton, Iowa, United States
About 715 days ago, 5/11/15