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Old 01-06-2005, 12:00 PM   #1
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What is an aubergine?

I have a pasta cookbook & some of the recipes call for aubergines. I know that it's a veggie but what is it & where can I find it? From looking at the pictures it looks kinda like an egg plant.

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Old 01-06-2005, 12:01 PM   #2
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It is an eggplant, crewsk. Just the UK/Ozzie name for it.
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Old 01-06-2005, 12:03 PM   #3
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OK, I'm glad I'm not totally loosing it(that would explain why it looks like an eggplant :oops: )! Thank you so much mudbug!
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Like a lot of the more exotic vegetables, we use the French name - as it was normally introduced into UK by French chefs in the 1700s and 1800s!

Aubergine is egg plant
Courgette is what I think Americans call zucchini! (I suspect it was introduced to the US by Italian immigrants, as that's the Italian name for courgettes)

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lol crewsk - I remember asking this question years ago - probably about your age too!!!!!
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Thanks Ishbel! I believe that courgettes are mentioned in this cookbook also.

Kitchenelf, it really just kinda blew my little blonde mind! There are no pictures of it whole in the book, only sliced, diced, & cooked so it was hard to tell. I'm just glad that I know I can come here to find out stuff like this. :D
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:27 PM   #7
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I believe eggplant is only called aubergines in the UK, over here they still go by the name eggplant.

What throws me off sometimes is people saying peppers instead of capsicum, there are so many varieties of peppers, I always need to remind myself.
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The Aussies may not call them aubergines, but the French definitely do, Haggis 8)

We call capsicums - peppers! And what US (and maybe other counties) call rutabaga, we call Swede or Swedish turnip.
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:33 AM   #9
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In the Netherlands Courgette is zucchini, aubergine is eggplant and paprika is the name for green/red/yellow peppers.

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Old 01-07-2005, 07:19 AM   #10
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Y'all have been so much help!! :D Now for my next question. What is rocket? It looks like dandilion leaves to me.
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