Oh Aubergine!

The eggplant easily became integrated into the cuisine of many nations and is a staple in innumerable recipes. Try eating it rolled into a fried cigar with hazelnuts, or in beef broth.

The Arabs brought the eggplant to Europe. On the Indian peninsula people were eating it already from the dawn of mankind, but it was the convoys of traders who crossed the Arabian peninsula in early medieval times who introduced it to the cold continent that lacked gastronomy in the era preceding the discovery of the
tomato in the New World.