Kyopolou is a typical eggplant appetizer and can be consumed as a breadspread, a condiment, or as a salad. It is generally prepared as a canned food, in glass jars, for the winter season. During summer and autumn months, when its ingredients are usually readily available it is also a main dish in Bulgaria, mainly during orthodox fasting periods.
^In Turkey this dish is colloquially called köpoğlu and in meze-serving fish restaurants it is a cold eggplant dish with tomato-red pepper paste in olive oil which gives it the red color. Речник на чуждите думи в българския език, Ал. Милев, Б. Николов, Й. Братков, Издателство Наука и изкуство, София, 1978.