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Plural: berenjenas

Language: Spanish

Description: Aubergine. The aubergine (US: eggplant) is a purplish-black, elongated fruit of the same family as tomato, potato and deadly nightshade. Paler varieties are also available. It originated in India but was cultivated in Italy by the 15th Century and in France by the 17th Century. It is a perfect accompaniment to lamb, or can be eaten in sauces, or alone, after grilling or frying. It is a principal component of many dishes such as imam biyaldi, ratatouille, moussaka and tian.

Aubergines, with thanks to the ever helpful Al-Amin Stores on Mill Road in Cambridge

Pronounced: beh-rehn-HEH-nah
Latin: Solanum melongena
Ethnicity: Latin American, Mexican, Spanish
Most frequent country: Latin America, Mexico, Spain

Substitutes: portobello mushroom

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Mexican food and cuisine

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