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.

In France the eggplant did not have a good reputation at first, possibly because it was associated with the Gypsies. Her sister in the nightshade family, the tomato, quickly gained better favor, first in Italy and then in France.
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