One item, many names

Brinjal… a species of the nightshade family, that which might cause itching for some, but is very rich in iron, is one of my favorite vegetables. Whenever possible I make sure I have sauteed brinjal. There have been various discussions about Bt brinjal and controversies and stuff, but let us not go to that topic. That is slightly boring.  If I say brinjal, how many of you really know which vegetable I am talking about? If you are one of those who can recognize it then I am very glad to hear it. Because whenever I visit the US, I have to correct myself and say eggplant over there. And if I happen to visit the UK, I should remember to use the word aubergine. I am not sure what other places has what names for this vegetable.  Why does a vegetable or fruit have so many names in so many places? How is one supposed to keep track?
It is the same with Zucchini and a Courgette. They are one and the same. Except that, they are different from cucumbers. I am not sure what the English Cucumber means, the ones I have seen in the stores here. They do look more like Zucchini, but well, what do I know.


Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “egg.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Enjoy!

 

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11 comments

  1. swo8 · March 19, 2016

    I would know that by the name Eggplant. Interesting to hear all the different names
    Leslie

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    • KG · March 19, 2016

      It is interesting and confusing too 😀

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      • swo8 · March 19, 2016

        I wonder how many other food stuff is known by a different name in other parts of the world?
        Leslie

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  2. Deborah Drucker · March 19, 2016

    I would not know the name brinjal but we do like eggplant here. All the different names are interesting. There is Japanese eggplant too. 🙂

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  3. dalecooper57 · March 20, 2016

    Cucumbers are large and crunchy things that go in salads in England.
    Hope that helps.

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    • KG · March 20, 2016

      Thank you 🙂 We have our own version of cucumber which is very unlike (atleast to some extent) the other one. Same family and all but still different. Used for salads only.

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  4. Alexandra · March 21, 2016

    I love eggplant (this is how I know it 🙂 grilled… or in one of the traditiona appetisers for BG – roasted peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, all diced and mixed up with spices, garlic and olive oil… mmm ;D
    have a great week ahead 🙂

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    • KG · March 21, 2016

      You make my mouth water now 😉 Sounds very appetising Alexandra.
      Great week to you too

      Like

  5. LindaGHill · March 24, 2016

    I learned something new today – thanks, KG!
    Cucumbers are far more watery than zucchini. I think they’re made up of 70% water in fact.

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    • KG · March 24, 2016

      That’s something I learnt today, Linda. Thank you ☺

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