Borage flowers grow on hollow stems that are covered in fine white hairs. The tiny flowers are star like in shape and can be blue, lavender or purple in color. From the center of the flower protrudes five stamens and black anthers.
The Tiger eggplant is one of the more unusual color combinations with orange skin and vertical green “tiger” stripes. It is a petite, spherical eggplant with a subtle flavor.
Inventory, 10 lbs : 2.25
This item was last sold on : 03/29/15
Italian eggplant is available year round.
Italian eggplant is the generic name given to hundreds of eggplant varieties that are classified within the most common known domesticated eggplant species, S. melongena. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, which contains over 3000 species and is one of the most economically important food plant families. Although grown and treated as a vegetable, eggplant is in fact a fruit, as it bears seeds within its flesh. Popular Itailian eggplant varieties include Traviata, Naida, Rosa Bianca and Nubia.
Typical Italian eggplants are characterised by their size, shape and coloring. At maturity the fruits are approximately 8-10" in length cylindric and oblong, wider at the base than stem. The skin is glossy, ink purple and smooth. The flesh is cotton white with barely visible seeds patterned throughout. Italian eggplants should be semi firm to the touch, a sign of ripeness but not over maturity. Italian eggplants are known for their superior creamy texture and depth of flavor when cooked. Although bitterness is often associated with eggplants, if eggplants are picked prior to full seed development they should not display any bitterness.
Eggplant skin contains 'nasunin,' a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that protects cell membranes from damage. Nasunin protects the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. The skin also contain rich levels of anthocyanins, a pigment not only responsible for the fruit's skin coloring, but it is also loaded with antioxidant properties.
Italian eggplant benefits from its porous texture, allowing it to absorb accompanying flavors with ease. Italian eggplant is synonymous with frying and baking, though it is amenable to other cooking methods including sauteing, pan-frying and grilling and even pickling. Common culinary companions include tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, onions, garlic, herbs such as basil, arugula and oregano, grilled steak, veal and lamb. Eggplant flesh begins to turn brown when cut due to oxidization. Lemon juice is a natural anti-browning deterrent. All eggplant has a short post-vine shelf life, thus it should be used within a week of harvest. As eggplants are also a tropical fruit they do suffer chill damage from too much refrigeration.
Though the name Italian eggplant eludes to these eggplants being native to Italy, their heritage lies further east in India and China, where the first domestication of S. melongena occurred. Trade routes brought eggplants to the southern warm climates of Italy and Sicily. Italian farmers embraced eggplants and soon the eggplant would become a symbolic vegetable of the Italian food culture. As Italian cuisine is dominated by the seasons, eggplants are one of the most popular vegetables of the summer and fall tables throughout much of Italy.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Friends of Specialty Produce||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|The Bellows||San Marcos CA||619-395-6325|
|The Wine Pub||San Diego CA||619-758-9325|
|Great News Cooking School||San Diego CA||888-478-2433|
|Toast Catering||san diego CA||858.208.9422|
|Full Moon||San Diego CA||619-233-3711|
|Croces West||San Diego CA||619-233-4355|
|The Cheese Store San Diego||San Diego CA||619-980-8599|
|Barbarella||San Diego CA||858-454-7373|
|W San Diego Hotel||San Diego CA||619-398-3024|
|Blue Ribbon Encinitas||Encinitas CA||760-634-7671|
|Piatti||San Diego CA||858-454-1589|
|Firefly Beach||San Diego CA||619-222-6440|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Kappa Sushi||San Diego CA||858-566-3388|
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|The Farm Golf Club||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-756-5585|
|The Wooden Spoon||Escondido CA||760-445-2816|
|Akinori||San Diego CA||619-220-4888|
|Red Oven-Artisanal Pizza||Carlsbad CA||760-814-1688|
|La Costa Glen South||Carlsbad CA||760-704-1000|
|Sushi Tadokoro||San Diego CA||619-347-2792|
|Saiko Sushi-North Park||San Diego CA||619-886-6656|
|Chef Jenn||Solana Beach CA||858-212-9054|
|Under Belly-Little Italy||San Diego CA||619-269-4626|
|Nobu||San Diego CA||619-814-4124|
|Ritual Tavern||San Diego CA||619-283-1618|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Mission Ave Bar and Grill||Oceanside CA||760-637-2222|
|Green Dragon Tavern & Museum||Carlsbad CA||760-797-5579|
|The Craftsman New American Tavern||Encinitas CA||760-415-2380|
|Roppongi||San Diego CA||858-551-5252|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||312-415-5455|
|Bertrand at Mr A's||San Diego CA||619-239-1377|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
|Brasserie||San Diego CA||858-450-9576|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
Recipes that include Italian Eggplant. One is easiest, three is harder.
People have spotted Italian Eggplant using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
Produce Spotting allows you to share your produce discoveries with your neighbors and the world! Is your market carrying green dragon apples? Is a chef doing things with shaved fennel that are out of this world? Pinpoint your location annonymously through the Specialty Produce App and let others know about unique flavors that are around them.