Vietnamese eggplant

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Vietnamese eggplant
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. macrocarpon
Binomial name
Solanum macrocarpon
Vietnamese eggplant grown outside of Hanoi, Vietnam

The Vietnamese eggplant (Vietnamese: Cà pháo) is a type of eggplant used in Southeast Asian cuisine.[citation needed]


A Vietnamese eggplant is about 1.5 inches in diameter, looking pretty similar to a golf ball with a stem. The color can be medium green, pale green or white with green stripes. What makes it unique is the crunchy texture and mild flavor. That's why it can be enjoyed raw without removing the skin. Typically, the Vietnamese eggplant has a tiny bit of a bitter taste, but the bitterness could become stronger when the eggplant is overmatured. As for the aroma, the Vietnamese eggplant is very neutral smelling when it's raw, and develops a little earthy scent when it's cooked.

Culinary Uses[edit]

Vietnamese eggplants are used in Vietnamese cuisine in stir fries, soups and salads. They are also eaten raw or pickled.

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