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This item was last sold on : 08/11/14
Thai eggplants are available year round.
Thai eggplant, Solanum xanthocarpum, is the given name to an abundance of eggplant cultivars of all sizes, shapes and colours. The small round pale green, yellow or white eggplants, called "ma khua khun" in Thailand, are the most common. Eggplant is actually a perennial fruit as it bears seeds within its body; it is classified as a berry. Thai eggplant, botanically classified within the species Solanum melongena L., is among thousands of eggplant varieties, all of which are members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Eggplants have shared ancestry with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.
Weighing roughly an ounce, Thai eggplants are known as perhaps the smallest cultivated varieties in the marketplace. They are readily distinguished by their golf ball size and shape as well as by the green, light green and white color variegations that begin at the base and fade to green at the fruit's stem. Their flavor is mild and their seedy flesh is white and pink resembling the appearance of a fig, with a firm texture.
Thai eggplants contain alkaloids, phenolics. flavanoids, sterol, sterol, saponins and glycosides. These chemical compounds contribute directly to Thai eggplants healing properties and its versatile medicinal uses.
At the most traditional and basic level, Thai eggplants are most commonly used in curries because when cooked they become soft and soak up the sauce with ease. Regardless of size and tradition, Thai eggplant can be as versatile as larger eggplant varieties. Applications range from grilling, shallow and deep frying, baking, pureeing, stewing, stuffing and pickling. Eggplant’s overall culinary companions are other members of the nightshade family, including tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, both sweet and hot. The fruit also pairs well with garlic, onions and herbs such as basil, oregano, cilantro and parsley.
Cultivated eggplant is native to Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Unlike other members of the Solanaceae family, which are native to the New World, eggplant varieties are native to the Old world. The tomato is the eggplant's closest relative and they still share 27 genomes. Eggplant's divergence from the tomato's last shared ancestor occurred approximately 12 million years ago. Thai eggplant's ancestry can be traced to India, where it grows both wild and domestically. Its foliage a signal to its wild heritage, thorny and prickly, defending against natural predators. Thai eggplant thrives in hot, dry climates and tolerates many soil qualities.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Searsucker||San Diego CA||619-233-7327|
Recipes that include Thai Eggplant. One is easiest, three is harder.
|David Lebovitz||Thai Green Curry|
|Market Manila||Kaang Daeng / Thai Red Curry|
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Harris Teeter DC (Citadel)
Near Washington, District of Columbia, United States
About 16 days ago, 9/01/14
Market Basket Near Derry, New Hampshire, United States
About 174 days ago, 3/27/14
Spotter's comments : Thai Eggplant spotted at Market Basket.
VONS Near San Diego, California, United States
About 278 days ago, 12/13/13
Spotter's comments : Thai Eggplant spotted at VONS. Fresh thai eggplant:5.99lb
specialty produce Near La Mesa, California, United States
About 422 days ago, 7/22/13
Spotter's comments : Eye catching!
Uwajimaya Near Bellevue, Washington, United States
About 435 days ago, 7/09/13
Spotter's comments : Thai Eggplant spotted at Uwajimaya. Aisan market in Belleview has Thai eggplant.
Berkeley Bowl West Near Berkeley, California, United States
About 515 days ago, 4/20/13