WHAT IS A SICILIAN EGGPLANT?
As with most eggplants, the Sicilian version is a vine-ripened berry that is related to tomatoes and potatoes. Introduced in the Middle Ages during its Arab occupation, it has a purple-white skin and is smaller then the more popular Black Magic variety. This has led to it also being called Zebra or Graffiti eggplant. It is one of the four staples of southern Italian cuisine (pasta, tomato, olive oil and eggplant). Perhaps the most famous dish that uses this ingredient is eggplant caponata. However this fruit’s beautiful white stripes disappear when cooked.
WHY ARE SICILIAN EGGPLANTS GOOD FOR YOU?
Like all eggplants, it is low in sodium and calories but high in fiber, potassium and vitamin B. Also the pigment that gives eggplants their rich color is an antioxidant!
WHEN ARE SICILIAN EGGPLANTS IN SEASON?
They are a late Summer though late Fall crop whether you are in Sicily or California.
HOW SHOULD SICILIAN EGGPLANTS BE STORED?
They’re pretty fragile as fruits go. Do not wash or cut prior to storing. Eggplants prefer a dark, cool environment of around 50 F (10 C). However if you don’t have one, then your refrigerator is the next best choice. Once you cut an eggplant it will start to oxidize and turn black. To prevent this you can either sprinkle lemon juice over the flesh, or soak the cut pieces in water with a spoonful of milk.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A SICILIAN EGGPLANT?
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IS QUENTIN TARANTINO’S MOST FAMOUS SCENE ABOUT A SICILIAN EGGPLANT?
Inspired by Elmore Leonard, Quentin Tarantino wrote a scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken using the derogatory term for Sicilians – eggplant. Considered one of the best movie scenes ever written, click here to see it!