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Baby eggplants are petite with varying shapes from short and stout to slightly elongated and narrow, averaging only 5-7 centimeters in length. They have a slight tapering towards the stem capped top or calyx, and their smooth skin is thin, ranging from shiny deep purple, bright white and lavender to green depending upon variety. Its tender flesh is cream colored with a subtly sweet flavor.
Baby eggplants are available year-round.
Baby eggplants, botanically classified as Solanum melongena, are a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and potatoes. The term "baby" in Baby eggplant refers to its petite size and not the maturity level of the eggplant. Baby eggplants are sometimes marketed as Indian eggplant and Patio eggplant, and there are other baby-sized varieties like Thai and Bambino hybrid eggplant.
Baby eggplants are an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar level in the body.
Baby eggplants can be fried, braised, roasted, and grilled. When cooked, the texture of Baby eggplant is hearty making it perfect for use as a meat substitute in vegetarian and vegan preparations. Their small size makes them ideal for one bite appetizers hollowed and stuffed with fillings and then baked. Baby eggplants can also be roasted and pureed or chopped to make chutney, tapenade, and other dips. Baby eggplant pairs well with garlic, coriander, turmeric, cumin, balsamic, parsley, tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. Fresh Baby eggplant is highly perishable and should be used within two days when stored in a cool and dry place.
Candied Baby eggplant is a traditional snack in Syria, Morocco, and Greece. While each culture has a slightly different variation, natural syrup from dates, honey, and maple syrup are used to create the sweet and sticky snack. Candied Baby eggplant is traditionally consumed by itself with tea or coffee or is spread on meats such as lamb or turkey to create a sweet and savory combination.
Eggplant is believed to be native to China and India, later making its way to Europe in the 13th century. The first eggplants were small and round to oval in shape much like the modern Baby eggplant we enjoy today, a shape and size which is responsible for the eggplant's namesake. Today Baby eggplants can be found at farmers markets and specialty grocers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Recipes that include Baby Eggplant. One is easiest, three is harder.