3 responses

  1. anon
    December 28, 2015

    The color is actually called after the vegetable, and not the reverse.


  2. Manu
    July 5, 2016

    Aubergines/eggplants first varieties had a much brighter color, almost white, that’s why they ended up being called “eggplant” (the color being similar to that of an egg).
    In a similar way, they got called “aubergines” in French, where “aube” means dawn and also refers to a bright, whitish color.
    The British term it’s a loan from French.


  3. Ross Galán
    July 13, 2017

    The comment: “They call it aubergine because, in European countries, aubergine means a purple-brownish color, which is similar to the color of an eggplant.”

    NO, this is NOT the reason why they DO call this fruit vegetable ‘aubergine’. There are aubergines that have different colours: light green, dark green, white and of course, purple-brownish, although the latter is the most common variety. ‘Eggplants’, on the other hand, have the same colours as aubergines, but they come in different sizes, varieties and shapes: oval (egg-like shape), round and elongated.

    The eggplants should and must be called as such if they have an egg-shaped ONLY, hence, ‘eggplant’ – a fruit vegetable; whether you are American, Asian, African, Europeans, Ibero-American (NOT Latin American – this a MISuse of the term), etc.
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    Ross Galán, Ph. D.
    NLP Spiritual Life Coach


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