Solanum melongena or garden egg is a highly valued delicacy and constituent of African food. It is very rich in dietary fibre and potassium, they can be enjoyed fresh alone or cooked with a sauce.
Organically grown in E. Africa
22 lbs in box
Freshly packed and shipped weekly via air transportation. Available all year long as we source by season from different regions. For guaranteed fresh delivery, order must be received by Thursday.
Garden egg is a type of eggplant that is used as a food crop in several countries in Africa. It is a small, white fruit with a teardrop or roundish shape that is valued for its bitterness. There is debate on the specific species of garden egg. Solanum aethiopicum is suggested in some sources (National Research Council of the National Academies. 2006), which includes types such as “garden egg,” “scarlet eggplant,” and “gilo.” Others suggest the species S. gilo is synonymous to the S. aethiopicum Gilo group (Danquah and Ofori, 2012).
Garden egg is an important crop in several African countries and is indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa. It can be stored for up to three months by letting it dry. This is a useful characteristic in the tropics given the lack of refrigeration in some rural areas. In Ghana, garden egg is one of the three most consumed vegetables, along with tomatoes and peppers. In 2007, total production of garden egg in Ghana was estimated to be over 66 million lbs. (Horn et al., 2007). In Côte d’Ivoire, garden egg was reported to be the second most important vegetable crop after okra (Aliero, 2007; Siemonsma, 1981). It is used in stews and eaten raw (Figure 1). The stems and leaves of garden egg are eaten in some African countries, but not in Ghana. Garden egg is used as a less expensive meat substitute because its spongy texture allows it to absorb other flavors, similar to meat (National Research Council of the National Academies. 2006).
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