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Scientific Name: Solanum melongena 'Turkish Orange'

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Solanum melongena 'Turkish Orange'
Solanum melongena 'Turkish Orange'


  • Annual
  • The Turkish Orange eggplant is a heirloom variety from Turkey.
  • It produces lots of orange-red fruit that resemble tomatoes.
  • Eggplant needs full sun, ample water, rich, fertile and well-drained soil and are not doing good in waterlogged and intensely acidic soils.

Culinary Uses

  • Turkish eggplant has very sweet and flavourful flesh.
  • You can start to use them while still green and the seeds have not yet developed properly.
  • When young they can be used in stews and curries.
  • When they are bright red they are ideal prepared in a hollowed, stuffed and baked dish.
  • Perfect for grilling, frying, stuffing, baking and can be put on veggie pizzas.
  • Use with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, both sweet and hot.
  • Will pairs well with garlic, peaches, fennel and herbs such as oregano, coriander and parsley.
  • Its “meaty” texture makes eggplant a staple in vegetarian diets.

Parts Used

  • Turkish eggplant has a short shelf life and should be used within two to three days.
  • For best flavour and texture store them in a cool dry place until ready to use.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Turkish Orange eggplant is a rich source of lycopene, a naturally occurring pigment that doubles as an antioxidant.
  • The Lycopene is contained within the eggplant's skin and develops once the fruit ripens.
  • Lycopene has anti-cancer benefits such as preventing, fighting and repairing cell damage.
  • High in bioflavonoids that help also fight cancer.
  • Low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol and high in dietary fibre.
  • One of the best foods for weight lost - it supplies only 25 calories per serving.
  • Contains folate, potassium, manganese, Vitamins C and K, Thiamin, Niacin, B-6, Panthothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper.
  • Raw eggplant can be applied topically for scorpion bites and a compress made of infused eggplant can be applied for frostbite.
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