Have You Ever Seen a White Eggplant?

Kim Conte
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I came across this lovely white eggplant at the farmers market this week and just had to buy it—have you ever seen such a thing?

After a bit of Googling, I discovered that eggplants actually got their name because they used to come in only one color. And guess what color that was? White! Eggplants are so named because they looked like eggs hanging from the plant.

So what does a white eggplant taste like? I can say from experience that it tastes very similar to a purple eggplant, although the white one is less bitter, and the flesh is more spongy. It also has less seeds and tougher skin.

If you are looking for a good recipe, may I suggest my famous Eggplant Parmesan, which you can make with either purple or white. Yum!

Have you ever seen a white eggplant? What's the craziest thing you've found in the produce section?

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