Eggplant; the fruit that’s eaten as a vegetable. This curious comestible has been transmitted across the globe from its heartland in southern Asia by the Arabs, the Spanish and then the Persians. But have you ever wondered how it got its name?
I mean, why ‘eggplant’? What’s the similarities between a purple, long-bodied fruit and an egg?
Well, it’s time to find out. (the article continues after the ad)
The name was given by Europeans in the 1750s and it was chosen because the fruit actually looked like goose eggs. You see, the variety of the plant they had at the time had fruits that were yellowish in color (and not purple as we know it today) and were the size and shape of eggs. And that’s why they were given the name eggplant – the plant did look as it had fruits like eggs.
The more you know!
BONUS FACT: An eggplant is also called a guinea squash, an aubergine, a brinjal and a melongene.