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This item was last sold on : 07/11/14
Graffiti eggplant is available during the summer and lasting into the early fall months.
Graffiti eggplant is a name given to a variety of eggplants within the species Solanum melongena, a part of the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Other names for this eggplant include Purple Rain, Shooting Stars, Pandora Striped Rose, Listada De Gandia and the quite famous Fairytale eggplant. Though bonded by shape and color each eggplant will perform differently in growth, fruit quality and flavor. Through genetic mapping it has been determined that all eggplant species have shared ancestry with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. Although grown and treated as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a perennial fruit as it bears seeds within its body. Thus it is botanically classified as a berry.
Graffiti eggplant is distinguished by its shape, its variegated coloring and for its favorable flavor. Its name is appropriately given considering the unique coloring of this eggplants skin. The fruits tend to be teardrop shaped and the coloring of their exterior skin a vivid and loosely striped violet with ivory white. The creamy flesh becomes rich and fruity with a melting quality when cooked. Graffiti eggplants range in varying sizes when harvested, thus could be as small as three inches in length or as large as eight inches.
Eggplant skin contains nasunin, a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that protects cell membranes from damage and is being studied for its ability to ward off certain cancers.
Because of Graffiti eggplant's size, it cooks quickly. Its flesh is tender and should be taken into consideration before cooking. Best cooking methods are fast and hot, such as grilling, sautéing and pan frying. Graffiti eggplant can also be halved, hollowed slightly, stuffed and baked. Care should be taken when cooking eggplants as the slices will soak up any oil, cream, butter or whatever it comes in contact with like a sponge, running the risk of becoming too soggy or fatty. Complimentary pairings for Graffiti eggplant include tomato and squash, onions, garlic, heady spices such as cumin and zataar, rich grilled meats such as lamb, smoky and hot flavors provided by roasted chiles, fresh bright herbs and young and melting cheeses such as chevre, feta and mozzarella. To store keep Graffiti eggplants in a cool dry place and use within in two to three days.
Many cultures in ancient times believed eggplants such as the Graffiti could cause insanity, cancers and a general un-wellness, mostly as a result of their relation to other toxic items in the nightshade family and because of the exceptionally bitter flavor of early eggplant varieties. While modern research has disproved this theory eggplants do contain an alkaloid that can cause flare-ups in those who have gout or arthritis and therefore should be avoided by these individuals to avoid discomfort.
Unlike other members of the Solanaceae family, which are native to the New World, eggplant varieties are native to the Old World. All eggplants can trace their ancestry to the wild eggplants of Africa. First cultivation, though, has been traced to India and China, where the richest, varied and most complex cultivars of eggplants arose and still exist today. Graffiti eggplant most likely can trace its lineage directly to small teardrop variegated varieties of India. Trade routes ultimately would transport earlier cultivars to Europe and the New World, where improved selections would be cultivated. Graffiti eggplant requires long summer days and warm weather for optimal growth, though it can be neglected and still produce fruit.
Recipes that include Graffiti Eggplant. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Harris Teeter DC (Citadel)
Near Washington, District of Columbia, United States
About 238 days ago, 9/01/14
Union Square Greenmarket
Norwich Meadows FarmNear New York, United States
105 Old Stone Rd, Norwich 13815
About 282 days ago, 7/19/14
Spotter's comments : Graffiti Eggplant spotted at Union Square Greenmarket.
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Sarah WeiserNear Santa Monica, California, United States
Weiser Family Farms
19247 Highline Road, Tehachapi 93561
About 293 days ago, 7/09/14
Spotter's comments : Graffiti Eggplant spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Mixson Market Near North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
About 304 days ago, 6/28/14
Spotter's comments : Graffiti Eggplant spotted at Mixson Market. They call this Nubia Eggplant. From Walter Farm in St. George, SC.
Austin Central market Near Austin, Texas, United States
About 551 days ago, 10/24/13
Spotter's comments : Graffiti Eggplant spotted at Austin Central market. Austin Central Market $3.99/lb