The unsuspicious aubergine that populates our vegetable shelves is actually not vegetable but a berry. It forms part of the family of nightshades and is therefore related to the tomato and the potato. As opposed to other famous nightshade vegetables, aubergines do not originate in the Americas but were cultivated in South Asia before Arabian traders brought them to Europe.

Due to their tropical origin, aubergines do not keep well in the fridge as their interior is damaged by chilling. This internal structure consists of cells with many small air pockets. When heated, the air pockets collapse and the flesh consolidates. You can see how this looks like in practice by cooking one of our tasty recipes.

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Blue bowl with ellbow pasta covered with red tomato sauce and aubergine quinoa balls on a white table
Vegan
Aubergine Balls with Pasta
Aubergine Recipes

10

ingredients

55

minutes

66

% local
Round baking form with baked aubergine, courgette and tomato slices arranged in concentric circles and topped with tomato sauce
Vegan
Baked Aubergine Ratatouille
Aubergine Recipes

10

ingredients

55

minutes

73

% local
A white bowl filled with an aubergine caponata
Fish
Caponata di Melanzane
Aubergine Recipes

15

ingredients

100

minutes

18

% local
A blue plate with two baked aubergine halves that are filled with a tomato beef mixture
Beef
Stuffed Aubergines
Aubergine Recipes

8

ingredients

40

minutes

22

% local
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