19 January, 2011

Why Brits called it aubergine?

One of my favorite vegetable is the eggplant. This is very versatile and I can use it in a variety of ways from a simple Tortang Talong (fried eggplant) to Pinakbet (mixed vegetables).


 
I planned to cook a Filipino dish today and am looking for some vegies in the grocery shop. Of course, I won't forget my eggplant so I picked and ask the salesman how much the cost of each eggplant. Then he said it's an aubergine, I don't think I've heard that word before, or rather, I haven't known its meaning.

Why do the British refer to his eggplant as an 'aubergine'? I want to know. Upon my arrival in the UK, I am collecting all new words what the Brits are spoken which are different in American that's for me to know what's the meaning.

So, the name eggplant, used in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada refers to the fact that the fruits of some 18th century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen's eggs. The name aubergine, which is used in British English, is an adaptation from the French word derived from Catalan alberginia.

From now on, I will call it aubergine but going back to the Philippines its a simple Talong. Shall I call it fried aubergine too?

Brinjal plant from India. The green fruits turn yellow when ripe. 




16 comments:

Lakwatsero Ako said...

at least sesyal :P

Adang said...

kahit ano pa yan masarap yang Ipakbet :)

avatarlady said...

That was a well-thought out post... thank you. I'll erase 'eggplant' in my vocabulary and from now on I'll refer to it as 'aubergine'. It sounds expensive and it's really getting expensive in the Philippines.

avatarlady said...

My fave recipe for aubergine is aubergine adobo with eggs. Love it! I can eat it the whole day promise.

Bino said...

hahahaha madami talagang ibang words na gamit ang mga brits

uno said...

hehehe fascinated ako sa language ng europe specially ang freanch haaaaay

Diamond R said...

one aubergine please.na imagine ko lang ang mga tagapalenke sa amin sa probinsya ano kaya ang gagawin sa akin babatuhin ng talong at sabay mura

Pinx said...

hi roy! aubergine is our favorite too! by the way, about your inquiry, i live in bohol now coz hubby is a true blue boholano, been here for 7 yrs. i grew up in davao and then to cebu when i was in college. ikaw? i noticed that your bisaya too... from where you diay?

ISTAMBAY said...

kahit anong tawag pa jan, talong pa din yan dito sa atin hehehe.. juke.. sarap ng pakbet...

Sendo said...

nyaks...aubergine na aubergine...pano ba yan pronounce? aubergine as in GEE....or GANDA....nyaha.....sosyal pakinggan...aubergine..gusto ko haha...kaya pag kakain ako niyan..sasabihin ko..paorder ng isang friend aubergine nyaha

emmanuelmateo said...

msarap ang talong lalo na kpag i prito mo tapos saw-sawan mo ay soy tsaka kalamansi..hmmf sarap.

Nowitzki Tramonto said...

huwaw :) penge! ahahah.

ghe said...

fried talong is my favorite...

Lainy said...

Talong sure is one of my fave veggies. Ang isa sa pinakagusto kong luto ay yong grilled talong na hihimayin ng pino at ititimpla sa bagoong na maraming kamatis, so delish! Masarap din ung adobong talong. So yum yum!

Too bad though I have asthma and talong is one of the hypoallergenic foods identified by docs. Pero di parin ako naaawat sa pagkain ng talong, hahaha!

Thanks for dropping by at Lainy's Musings!

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cornelio03 said...

My friend who spent his schooling in London has funny names for things, he prefers to call it -
lift for elevator
serviette for paper napkins
bloke for men
mate for friend

Bino said...

dumating ung cousin ko galing UK kasama ung friend niyang brit. at augbergine nga ang tawag nya dyan hahaha

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