Difference between white eggplant and purple eggplant
White eggplant vs Purple eggplant:
There are many families of vegetables which are recognized with specific characteristics and features. Vegetables are categorized to various families and eggplant is one vegetable that belong to one particular family of vegetables called Nightshade which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers, and potatoes. Eggplants are generally available at markets throughout the year. Since some people still find it difficult to distinguish between the purple and white eggplant and this article endeavours to explain the differences between them. To begin with a general description on the eggplant; eggplants grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. One can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. Moreover, just to drop some knowledge on the history of eggplant, it got its name from English explorers who discovered the fruit in Asia; the specific variety they found resembled the shape of an egg – hence egg-plant. Eggplants grow on bushy foliage and maturing between sixty and seventy-six days, classic purple eggplants are best suited for warm growing regions. Eggplant can be picked when it reaches a desirable size. Eggplants are usually cut off the vine with about an inch of stem remaining on the fruit.
What is white eggplant?
First of all, let us see what white eggplants are. How do they look like? White eggplants are spherical in shape white or a very light whitish-green in color. They are available in the summer season. They can be found commercially or often at your local farmers markets. Further, white eggplants have a firmer texture than most and a mild subtle flavor. Speaking of the quality of eggplants, they are low in calories and have about 30 calories per cup. Also, they are high in carbohydrates. Moreover, white eggplants contain traces of several nutrients such as potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-complex and vitamin C. White eggplants are generally cooked by remove the tops and filling the inside of the white eggplant with cooked rice and cheese, and then it can be baked until it is tender. Or, white eggplants are also cooked putting in a casserole with coconut milk or oil, spices and other ingredients of the Asian way of cooking. For that, the eggplant has to be sliced into round or square shaped pieces. In conclusion, the more mature the eggplant, the larger the seeds.
What is purple eggplant?
Now let us see what purple eggplants are. It is the purple eggplant that is generally referred to by the single word ‘eggplant’ (Solanum melongena). However, purple eggplants are available throughout the year with a peak season during the summer months. Although usually grown and generally treated as a vegetable, botanically, eggplant is actually a perennial fruit, (agriculturally grown as an annual) as it bears seeds within its body; it is classified as a berry. Among the many types of eggplants, ‘globe eggplants’ are the most common at the western market. Purple eggplants have glossy, purple skins, and are oval and oblong in shape, often growing up to 10 inches long and wider at the blossom end. The eggplant’s sponge-like texture qualities allow it to easily take on flavorings. Speaking of the cooking methods, you have to slice the eggplant into rounds or rectangular pieces and get them cooked with spices and coconut milk. Also, eggplant can be cooked as per the western recipes with mozzarella cheese, yogurt, garlic and olive oil. To conclude, purple eggplant will keep, dry and refrigerated, for one to two weeks.
What is the difference between the purple and white eggplant?
Now that you have separately understood what white and purple eggplants are, let us now focus on the distinct differences between them. There are several disparities yet, they could be very subtle except for the colour of the eggplant. However, this paragraph will discuss the differences between purple and white eggplant. As mentioned, the major difference would be the colour; while purple eggplants are purple or dark-black purple in colour, white eggplants are icy white. Further, whenever the word ‘eggplant’ is pronounced out loud it is the image of the purple eggplant that pops into our minds first. That is to say, the purple eggplant has earned greater popularity over the while eggplant. Moreover, difference can be also noticed in the skin of the two types of eggplants. When compared to the purple eggplant, the skin of the white eggplant is hard. Therefore, the skin has to be peeled off when cooking. Yet, this is no needed when cooking the purple eggplant as the skin is delicate. In addition, white eggplants are generally considered better when they are baked, fried, or steamed. Furthermore, when the skin in peeled off, the flesh of the white eggplant is white whereas the flesh of the purple eggplant is greenish hue. Besides, with regard to the size of the vegetable, the purple eggplant is larger than the white eggplant. Even the tastes of the two eggplant kinds are different to a certain extent. The white eggplant is often found less bitter, creamier, and denser. Moreover, when compared to purple eggplants, the white eggplants bear more seeds. It can also be seen that white eggplant are less acidic. To conclude, it is the purple eggplant that is widely used and most cultivated. However, the white eggplant is now being considered trendy.