Country Of Origin: Turkey
Fresh Eggplants are available year-round.
Turkish eggplants are oblong and small to medium in size, averaging 20-25 centimetres in length, and have a bulbous base that tapers slightly to the stem. The outer skin is glossy, smooth, and ranges in colour from lavender to a deep purple. The inner flesh is firm, white or ivory with barely visible, edible seeds patterned throughout. When cooked, the eggplants are tender and sweet with a rich flavor.
Turkish eggplants are best suited for cooked applications such as grilling, sautéing, baking, frying, pureeing, stewing, and pickling. They are popularly used in stews and curries or they are typically hollowed, stuffed with grains and other vegetables, and baked. They can also be pickled.
Turkish eggplants contain some fiber, potassium, and calcium.