Plant Information

Common Name: BRINJAL - PEA
Scientific Name: Solanum torvum
Alternative Names: Aubergene, Eggplant

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  • Perennial
  • Pea eggplant is a bushy perennial that can grow up to 1-2 m high and it has hairy and spiny stems and leaves.
  • It bears clusters of small, white or purple flowers followed by small round berries that look like green peas.
  • They are green when young and yellow when fully ripe.
  • It needs well drained soil and full sun.
  • To harvest, wear gloves and use pruning shears or scissors to cut the fruit off the stem.
  • Because the stems are tough and woody, it's nearly impossible to tear or pull the eggplant off its stem.
  • To determine when the eggplant is ready for harvesting, press the skin gently with the thumbnail.
  • When it leaves an indentation, the fruit is mature.
  • The fruit (berries) can be taken off the bush when they are one-third grown.
  • Picking the fruits young may also stimulate more fruit to grow.
  • Make sure the fruit has a firm, glossy appearance.
  • If the eggplant is allowed to stay on the bush for too long, the skin becomes dull looking and the flesh will become bitter and seedy.

Culinary Uses

  • Green, fresh Pea eggplant fruit is a classic ingredient in Thai dishes.
  • They are typically cooked whole and have an authentic taste, a slightly bitter flavor and a unique texture that bursts satisfyingly in the mouth when eaten.
  • Pea eggplant can be stir-fried, pickled and used in curries or soups.
  • It is very versatile and can be crushed and used to create delicious relishes, sauces and dips.
  • The young fruits are used as fresh vegetable or scalded vegetable to serve with chili paste.
  • Pea eggplant is the BBQ veggie of choice for vegetarians.
  • In Tamil Nadu, India, the fruit is soaked in curd and then dried - and the final product is fried in oil as Sundaikkai vattral - which is available in all Tamil Nadu supermarkets.

Parts Used

  • The fruit.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Pea Eggplant improves the excretory system, blood circulatory system and digestive system.
  • It reduces stomach pain and cough and ejects phlegm.
  • Eating the fruit can reduce swelling, clear stagnant blood, reduce bleeding, comfort bleeding hemorrhoids and treat dysentery.
  • Eggplant contains bioflavonoids that may be beneficial in preventing strokes and hemorrhages and it is an antioxidant - helpful in preventing heart disease and cancer.
  • Eastern medicine considers eggplant as beneficial in treating uterine tumors, but they also recommend that people with loose stools avoid the fruit.
  • If the skin is kept on, eggplant is high in soluble fiber and beneficial in lowering cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Nutrition - eggplant is low in calories and sodium and has a high content of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.
  • It also contains the phytochemical monoterpene that may be helpful in preventing the growth of cancer cells.
  • Eggplant can be added to a dieter's menu - it has only 28 calories and 3 grams of sodium for 1 cup (240 ml) of boiled drained cubes.
  • This quantity is almost fat-free and contains 0.2 grams of fat.
  • To keep the calories low in eggplant preparations, you can replace oil with broth, wine, lemon juice or vegetable juice for flavoring.
  • For scorpion bites, apply raw eggplant directly on the affected area.
  • For frostbite, prepare a tea of eggplant, bring it to room temperature, and apply a compress to affected areas.
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