The Travels of the Eggplant

Follow the route of the gypsies as they distributed the eggplant — or aubergine, a tasty nightshade plant — across the continents.

Like tomatoes, eggplant contains an alkaloid called solanine that helps protect the plant against predator insects. Solanine can be found at higher concentrations in the leaves and only at small and totally harmless levels in the fruits.
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