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This item was last sold on : 07/11/14
Graffiti eggplant is available during the summer season.
Graffiti eggplant is a name given to a variety of eggplants within the species Solanum melongena L. Other names for this eggplant include Pandora Striped Rose, Listada De Gandia, Edirne Purple Striped 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. The fruits are petite and teardrop shaped, their coloring a vivid and loosely striped violet with ivory white. The creamy flesh becomes rich and fruity with a melting quality when cooked. Graffiti eggplant 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. Nasunin protects the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes.
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, sauteeing and pan frying. Complimentary pairings 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 pimenton and roasted chiles, fresh bright herbs and young and melting cheeses such as chevre, feta, mozzarella and fontina.
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 107 days ago, 9/01/14
Union Square Greenmarket
Norwich Meadows FarmNear New York, United States
105 Old Stone Rd, Norwich 13815
About 151 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 162 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 173 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 420 days ago, 10/24/13
Spotter's comments : Graffiti Eggplant spotted at Austin Central market. Austin Central Market $3.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Near Lake Grove, New York, United States
About 621 days ago, 4/06/13
Morrisons Lincoln Near Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
About 687 days ago, 1/29/13