What Is Italian Eggplant?

by Zoe Van-de-Velde ; Updated September 28, 2017

Eggplants differ in appearance, shape and color depending on the variety.

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There are many varieties of eggplant such as American, Italian, Chinese, Green Goddess and Rosa Bianca. Eggplants do not stay fresh for long, therefore it is better use them within a few days of purchase. The smaller eggplants have less of a bitter taste.

The Italian Eggplant

Italian eggplants are large dark purple fruits, classified as berries. The Italian eggplant tends to be long, up to eight inches in length and wider at base. The Italian eggplants are smaller than the American variety but similar in taste and appearance.

Varieties & Names

The selections of Italian eggplants available include Vittoria PS, Listada de Gandia, Rotonda Bianca di Imola, Cucuzzi, Prosperosa, Volette di Firenze and Nadia. Alternate names for eggplants are aubergine, garden egg, egg apple and guinea squash.


The Italian eggplant should not be eaten raw but can be baked, sautéed and grilled. Eggplants have a soft spongy interior meaning that they can soak up flavors from garlic, spices and herbs efficiently. If roasted first, they also can be used in warm salads.

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About the Author

Zoe Van-de-Velde began writing in 1990 and contributes to eHow and Answerbag. Van-de-Velde has a Bachelor of Arts & Humanities in media and English from DeMontfort University. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts in creative media arts specializing in digital photography at the London South Bank University.