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The Santorini White Eggplant : a.k.a the apple of love

To friends of the white eggplant, she is known as the 'apple of love', while her enemies insist that the story is about 'that crazy apple'. To the world, she is known simply as the 'melitzana' (eggplant).
Whimsical in nature, white in colour, this particular 'fruit' needs no watering. Sweet to taste, juicy and quite delicious, this eggplant is beloved by chefs since it does not absorb oil.
Lovers of good cuisine should be aware that only in Santorini can one sample this unique delicacy.

The First Steps

These were probably taken before 4,000 years ago in South East Asia. During history, the eggplant travelled under several different names. In Greece she became known as 'melongena' (derived from Sanskrit). The Indians were the first to cultivate, while the Chinese discovered the variety in 500 BC
An International Career
Spreading towards the western world, others who discovered the white eggplant's delights were the Egyptians and the Arabs. The Moors brought it to the Iberian peninsula, and the Spanish were enchanted by her graces since they believed her to be an aphrodisiac. It was they who bestowed the pseudonym 'apple of love' and introduced it with glory and honour to the rest of Europe.
South vs North
While southern Spain became devotees of the white eggplant, the north spat on her with disdain, preferring to slander her with the name 'mala insana' and when they became truly venemous 'crazy apple'. In 1650 they took the eggplants to Latin America.

The White Eggplant or 'Melitzana'


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