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Africa in Culinary Context, Eggplant

Grilled Chinese eggplant, this and other recipes below

Grilled Chinese eggplant, this and other recipes below

Eggplant is indigenous to India and from there it spread throughout South East Asia. The first record of its cultivation as food goes back to fifth century China. There is a debate over who introduced it to Africa—the Portuguese, Indonesian traders or Arab traders. Eggplant arrived in Africa before the Middle Ages.  Eggplant arrived and grew in colonial Southern British colonies as early as 1737 with some insisting that the Atlantic slave facilitated its introduction to the Americas from West Africa. In North America, Africans introduced eggplant to the Americas in the 1700s via the Atlantic Slave trade. 

Africa in Culinary Context Series & Recipes:

Eggplant and Shrimp Recipe from Ghana:


Southern Cornbread Scalloped Eggplant Recipe: 


Pakistani Aaloo Baingan (Eggplant and potato in a curry sauce) recipe


Eggplant Recipes and Cooking Tips:


Africa in Culinary Context, podcast

Africa in Culinary Context, Kibbeh